The Murder of Mary Phagan

The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)

  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • First Air Date: 1988-01-24
  • Last Air Date: 1988-01-26
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 2
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 120 min.
  • Production Company: Orion Pictures
  • Networks: NBC
  • Director: William Hale
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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.

  • Keywords: factory, based on true story, murder, miniseries, fight the system, murder trial, 1910s, atlanta, georgia
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    The Murder of Mary Phagan Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1988-01-24
    2 Episodes

    The Murder of Mary Phagan Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Part 1150 min
    Season 1Episode 2Part 2120 min
    • Jack Lemmon

      as Gov. John Slaton
    • Richard Jordan

      as Hugh Dorsey
    • Robert Prosky

      as Tom Watson
    • Peter Gallagher

      as Leo Frank
    • Kathryn Walker

      as Sally Slaton
    • Rebecca Miller

      as Lucille Frank
    • Kevin Spacey

      as Wes Brent
    • Paul Dooley

      as William Burns
    • Charles S. Dutton

      as Jim Conley
    • Cynthia Nixon

      as Doreen
    • Kenneth Welsh

      as Luther Rosser
    • William H. Macy

      as Randy
    • Wendy J. Cooke

      as Mary Phagan
    Directing William Hale Director
    Writing George Stevens Jr. Teleplay
    Writing Larry McMurtry Story
    Production George Stevens Jr. Producer
    Writing Jeffrey Lane Teleplay