A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered on Confederate Decoration Day. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. He sets out to convict Robert Hale, a transplanted northerner who was Mary's teacher at the business school where she was killed. Despite the fact that all the evidence against Hale is circumstantial, Griffin works with a ruthless reporter to create a media frenzy of prejudice and hate against the teacher. Written by
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Did You Know?
Based on the notorious rigged murder trial and subsequent lynching of Leo Frank
, the film does not mention that Frank was Jewish, a fact that contributed more to his being tried for a murder he didn't commit, found guilty and lynched than his Northern background (although that was also a factor). The real-life victim, Mary Phagan, was only 13 years old, a far cry from Lana Turner
's post-pubescent sweater girl of 16. See more
Any fool can ride to glory on a helpless Negro janitor. I'm out for bigger game.
Featured in Warner at War
aka "The Year of Jubilo"
Music by Henry Clay Work
Played during the opening credits See more