The Murder of Mary Phagan

The Murder of Mary Phagan
Written byJeffrey Lane (teleplay)
George Stevens Jr.(teleplay)
Story byLarry McMurtry
Directed byWilliam Hale
StarringJack Lemmon
Richard Jordan
Kevin Spacey
Rebecca Miller
William H. Macy
Theme music composerMaurice Jarre
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)George Stevens Jr. (producer)
Caroline Stevens (associate producer)
Production location(s)Richmond, Virginia
Petersburg, Virginia
CinematographyNicholas D. Knowland
Editor(s)John A. Martinelli
Running time251 min.
Production company(s)Orion Pictures
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 24 (1988-01-24) –
January 26, 1988 (1988-01-26)[1]

The Murder of Mary Phagan is 1988 two-part American Television miniseries starring Jack Lemmon and dramatizing the true story of Leo Frank, a factory manager charged with and convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl, a factory worker named Mary Phagan, in Atlanta 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, destroying his own career in the process. In 1915 Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched by a small group of prominent men of Marietta, Georgia.

Written by Larry McMurtry, produced by George Stevens, Jr., and directed by William "Billy" Hale, the miniseries stars Lemmon and features Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, Peter Gallagher, Charles Dutton, Richard Jordan, Cynthia Nixon, Dylan Baker and William H. Macy. Lemmon noted during a publicity appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson shortly before the miniseries was broadcast that the cast was the best with which he had ever worked.

The film was shot in Richmond, Virginia, extensively in Shockoe Bottom, with a running time of 251 minutes (over 4 hours), originally broadcast over two evenings by NBC.


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