The Murder of Mary Phagan

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The Murder of Mary Phagan is a 1988 two-part American Television miniseries starring Jack Lemmon and dramatizing the true story of Leo Frank, a factory manager who was charged with murdering a 13-year-old girl, a factory worker named Mary Phagan, in Atlanta in 1913. read more

The Murder of Mary Phagan is a 1988 two-part American Television miniseries starring Jack Lemmon and dramatizing the true story of Leo Frank, a factory manager who was charged with murdering a 13-year-old girl, a factory worker named Mary Phagan, in Atlanta in 1913. His trial was sensational and controversial and at its end, Frank was convicted of murdering Mary Phagan and sentenced to death by hanging. After Frank's legal appeals failed, the governor of Georgia commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment on Monday, June 21, 1915, destroying his own career in the process. On the morning of Tuesday, August 17, 1915 Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched by a small group of prominent men from Marietta, Georgia, Mary Phagan's home town.

Original Release

01/24/1988 on NBC

US Release

01/24/1988

Cast

# Title Air Date
1 Episode #1.1 Sunday, 24 January 1988
2 Episode #1.2 Tuesday, 26 January 1988

Directors

William Hale

Writers

George Stevens Jr., Jeffrey Lane, Larry McMurtry

Cast

Kevin Spacey Wes Brent
Peter Gallagher Leo Frank
Kathryn Walker Sally Slaton
Cynthia Nixon Doreen
Kenneth Welsh Luther Rosser
Charles S. Dutton Jim Conley
William H. Macy Randy
Jack Lemmon Gov. John Slaton
Daniel Benzali Coroner
Paul Dooley William Burns
Brent Jennings Newt Lee
Richard Jordan Hugh Dorsey
Loretta Devine Annie Maude Carter
Rebecca Miller Lucille Frank
Jordan Marder Alonzo
Robert Prosky Tom Watson
Nick Wyman Lund
Sam Gray Sigmond Montag
Barbara Eda-Young Mrs. Phagan
Wendy J. Cooke Mary Phagan

Producers

Editors

John A. Martinelli

1989Golden GlobeBest Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
1989Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
1988EmmyOutstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production Won
1988EmmyOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1988EmmyOutstanding Miniseries Won
1988EmmyOutstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1988EmmyOutstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special Won
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