Murder of Mary Phagan

Murder of Mary Phagan

Director: William Hale

Cast: Daniel Benzali, Wendy J. Cooke, Loretta Devine

     
 

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 chargesSee more details below

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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:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0883904240297
Original Release:
1987
Source:
Mgm Mod
Time:
3:56:00
Sales rank:
33,013

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Benzali Actor
Wendy J. Cooke Mary Phagan
Loretta Devine Annie Maude Carter
Paul Dooley William Burns
Barbara Eda-Young Mrs. Phagan
Peter Gallagher Leo Frank
Richard Jordan Hugh Dorsey
Jack Lemmon John Slaton
Kevin Spacey Wes Brent
Sam Gray Montag
Brent Jennings Newt
Rebecca Miller Lucille Frank
William Newman Actor
Cynthia Nixon Doreen
Robert Prosky Watson
Brian Smiar Actor
Kathryn Walker Sally Slayton
Jimmie Ray Weeks Actor
Kenneth Welsh Rosser
Nicholas Wyman Lund
Charles S. Dutton Jim Conley
Heather McAdam Actor

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 Producer,Screenwriter
Merrily Murray Walsh Costumes/Costume Designer

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