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They Won't Forget
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Release Date:
9 October 1937 (USA) See more »
A politically ambitious district attorney, unscrupulous tabloid journalists, and regional prejudice combine to charge a teacher with the murder of his student. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Emotionally gripping piece of American History. See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claude Rains ... Andy Griffin
Gloria Dickson ... Sybil Hale
Edward Norris ... Robert Hale

Otto Kruger ... Gleason
Allyn Joslyn ... Bill Brock

Lana Turner ... Mary Clay
Linda Perry ... Imogene Mayfield

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joe Turner
Cy Kendall ... Detective Laneart
Clinton Rosemond ... Tump Redwine
E. Alyn Warren ... Carlisle P. Buxton
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Hale (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Clifford Soubier ... Jim Timberlake
Granville Bates ... Detective Pindar
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Mountford
Paul Everton ... Governor Mountford
Donald Briggs ... Harmon
Sibyl Harris ... Mrs. Clay (as Sybil Harris)
Trevor Bardette ... Shattuck Clay
Elliott Sullivan ... Luther Clay
Wilmer Hines ... Ransom Clay
Eddie Acuff ... Drugstore Clerk

Frank Faylen ... Reporter
Leonard Mudie ... Judge Moore

Harry Davenport ... Confederate Soldier
Harry Beresford ... Confederate Soldier
Edward McWade ... Confederate Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Bridge ... Mob Leader Outside Governor's Mansion (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... First Turnkey (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ... Colonel Foster - Redwine's Lawyer (uncredited)
Claudia Coleman ... Dolly Holly - Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Cummings Sr. ... Whipple - Banker (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Detective Briggs (uncredited)
Earl Dwire ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Bartender (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective on Train (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Owen King ... Flannigan (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Detective on Train (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Man in Saloon Smoking Pipe (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Dougherty - Publisher (uncredited)
Psyche Nibert ... Hazel - Imogene's Friend (uncredited)
Robert Porterfield ... Jimmy Harrison - Dissenting Juror (uncredited)
Peter Potter ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Frank Rasmussen ... Detective Tucker (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Cop Guarding Hale (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Adele St. Mauer ... Mrs. Timberlake (uncredited)
Maidel Turner ... Stout Lady on Train (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Farmer in Courtroom (uncredited)
Walter Young ... Mr. Mimms (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Writing credits
Ward Greene (novel "Death In the Deep South")

Robert Rossen (screen play) and
Aben Kandel (screen play)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
N'was McKenzie (gowns) (as Miss MacKenzie)
Makeup Department
Al Bonner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Katz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Lloyd S. Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Hicks .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Adolph Deutsch .... arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Other crew
Dalton S. Reymond .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A First National Picture) (A Mervyn LeRoy Production)
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Additional Details

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Lana Turner got the role in February 1937, when she had been in Hollywood for only one month. She was discovered while lunching, and was offered a screen test for a role.See more »
Mrs. Mountford:[In Memorial Day Parade open limo] The only thing that we shall see is the day when Governor Mountford becomes senator.
Gov. Thomas Mountford:You musn't say that too loud. Andy Griffin is in the car behind.
Mrs. Mountford:Andy Griffin doesn't count.
Gov. Thomas Mountford:In politics, my dear, everybody counts.
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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Emotionally gripping piece of American History., 2 June 2000
Author: cabotcove ( from Montclair, NJ

Flawless blending of cynicism, humor and tragedy, this re-enactment of a real-life murder in the south consciously downplays the real-life anti-semitism in the real murder of Mary Phagan case, but carry more of an emotional wallop than the Jack Lemmon made-for-TV docudrama -- although the latter is still good on its own terms. Lana Turner has an impressive screen debut as the murder victim. Gloria Dickson is very powerful as the defendant's wife, and Claude Rains is magnificent as the politically minded prosecutor, but Allyn Joslyn as the cynical, burnt out reporter steals the show. A truly excellent example of how historically based movies can be among the most memorable.

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