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The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1988 two-part TV miniseries made by Orion Pictures Corporation and distributed by National Broadcasting Company (NBC), tells the true story of Leo Frank, a factory manager unjustly convicted of murdering a little girl in Georgia in 1913. 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, Virginiamarker, with a running time of 251 minutes (over 4 hours) originally broadcast over two evenings. Jack Lemmon noted during a television appearance on The Tonight Show that the cast was the very best with which he had ever worked.

The film won the 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.

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An earlier movie version of the case, with the names changed, was directed by Mervyn Leroy in 1937 and called They Won't Forget, starring Claude Rains.

In 1997, David Mamet published a book about Leo Frank called The Old Religion and a Broadway musicalmarker called Parade was also mounted. The following year Steve Oney's exhaustive history of the Mary Phagan case entitled And the Dead Shall Rise was published.


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