Synopsis by Hal Erickson
It was open season on disgraced former President Richard Nixon back in 1976. One of the most vicious broadsides levelled against Tricky Dick was the faux documentary The Faking of the President. Famed Nixon imitator Richard M. Dixon appears in newly-filmed scenes, which are then strategically placed in context with existing news footage. In this pastiche, the audience is treated to a full confession from a tearful Nixon, not to mention such vignettes as the ex-president stealing flowers from the grave of Fala -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's scotch terrier -- and placing them on the tombstone of Checkers! Also making cameo appearances are actors pretending to be Ron Ziegler (dressed as a Nazi) and Donald Segretti. Filmmakers Jeanne and Alan Abel reportedly assembled this "mockumentary" for less than $100,000.
President, scandal, confession [criminal], grave