The Murder of Mary Phagan

Overview

The made-for-TV The Murder of Mary Phagan is an account of the real-life events fictionalized in the 1937 theatrical feature They Won't Forget. In 1913, Atlanta-area teenager Mary Phagan Wendy J. Cooke is found murdered. Although the evidence points to another suspect who years later confessed to the crime, the authorities choose to bring charges against Leo Frank Peter Gallagher, a Jewish "outsider" who owns the pencil factory where Mary worked. Prosecutor Hugh Dorsey Richard Jordan capitalizes on the ...
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Overview

The made-for-TV The Murder of Mary Phagan is an account of the real-life events fictionalized in the 1937 theatrical feature They Won't Forget. In 1913, Atlanta-area teenager Mary Phagan Wendy J. Cooke is found murdered. Although the evidence points to another suspect who years later confessed to the crime, the authorities choose to bring charges against Leo Frank Peter Gallagher, a Jewish "outsider" who owns the pencil factory where Mary worked. Prosecutor Hugh Dorsey Richard Jordan capitalizes on the anti-Semitism rampant in the South, hoping to ride the Frank case into a higher political office. He is aided in his scheme by equally unprincipled journalist Wes Brent Kevin Spacey. Only Georgia-governor John Slaton Jack Lemmon perceives the bigotry and opportunism at the base of Dorsey's case. Within the limits of his power, and at the risk of destroying his own political career, Slaton tries to see that justice is served. Alas, the decision has already been made to railroad Leo Frank to the electric chair -- or into the hands of a lynch mob. Originally presented in two parts, The Murder of Mary Phagan was first broadcast January 24 and 26, 1988.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • UPC: 883904240297
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,847

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendy J. Cooke Mary Phagan
Peter Gallagher Leo Frank
Richard Jordan Hugh Dorsey
Jack Lemmon John Slaton
Kevin Spacey Wes Brent
Daniel Benzali
Loretta Devine Annie Maude Carter
Paul Dooley William Burns
Charles S. Dutton Jim Conley
Barbara Eda-Young Mrs. Phagan
Sam Gray Montag
Brent Jennings Newt
Heather McAdam
Rebecca Miller Lucille Frank
William Newman
Cynthia Nixon Doreen
Robert Prosky Watson
Brian Smiar
Kathryn Walker Sally Slayton
Jimmie Ray Weeks
Kenneth Welsh Rosser
Nicholas Wyman Lund
Technical Credits
William Hale Director
Penny Hadfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Nicholas D. Knowland Cinematographer
John A. Martinelli Editor
Larry McMurtry Original Story
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stevens Jr. Producer, Screenwriter
Merrily Murray Walsh Costumes/Costume Designer
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