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The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1987 two-part American TV miniseries made by Orion Pictures Corporation and distributed by National Broadcasting Company, is a dramatization of the story of Leo Frank, a factory manager charged and convicted with murdering a 13-year-old girl, a factory worker named Mary Phagan, in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. The trial was sensational and controversial. After Frank's legal appeals had failed, the governor of Georgia in 1915 commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. In 1915 Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched by a small group of prominent men of Marietta, Georgia. The film features Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, Charles Dutton, Peter Gallagher, Cynthia Nixon, Dylan Baker, and William H. Macy.

Written by Larry McMurtry, produced by George Stevens, Jr., and directed by William "Billy" Hale, the film was shot in Richmond, Virginia. It has a running time of 251 minutes, originally broadcast over two evenings.

Series Cast

  1. Jack Lemmon as Gov. John Slaton

    Jack Lemmon

    Gov. John Slaton

    2 Episodes

  2. Richard Jordan as Hugh Dorsey

    Richard Jordan

    Hugh Dorsey

    2 Episodes

  3. Robert Prosky as Tom Watson

    Robert Prosky

    Tom Watson

    2 Episodes

  4. Peter Gallagher as Leo Frank

    Peter Gallagher

    Leo Frank

    2 Episodes

  5. Kathryn Walker as Sally Slaton

    Kathryn Walker

    Sally Slaton

    2 Episodes

  6. Rebecca Miller as Lucille Frank

    Rebecca Miller

    Lucille Frank

    2 Episodes

  7. Kevin Spacey as Wes Brent

    Kevin Spacey

    Wes Brent

    2 Episodes

  8. Paul Dooley as William Burns

    Paul Dooley

    William Burns

    2 Episodes

  9. Charles S. Dutton as Jim Conley

    Charles S. Dutton

    Jim Conley

    2 Episodes

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1988 | 2 Episodes

Season 1 of The Murder of Mary Phagan premiered on January 24, 1988.

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The Murder of Mary Phagan


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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