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

Cast

Kevin Spacey Wes Brent
Dylan Baker
Peter Gallagher Leo Frank
Kathryn Walker Sally Slaton
Cynthia Nixon Doreen
Kenneth Welsh Luther Rosser
Charles S. Dutton Jim Conley (as Charles Dutton)
William H. Macy Randy (as W.H. Macy)
Jack Lemmon Gov. John Slaton
Daniel Benzali Coroner
(see additional cast & crew)
# 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

Producers

Editors

John A. Martinelli

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