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The People v. Leo Frank (2009)

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[no spoilers] In 1913, little Mary Phagan is found dead at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta. Police quickly decide that the Jewish Superintendent, Leo Frank, should be held ... See full synopsis »

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Ben Loeterman

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Ben Loeterman
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Will Janowitz ... Leo Frank
Seth Gilliam ... Jim Conley
Jayson Warner Smith ... William Smith / Narrator
Steve Coulter ... Hugh Dorsey
C.K. Bibby C.K. Bibby ... Judge Leonard Roan (as Chuck Bibby)
Brett Rice ... Luther Rosser
Katie Adkins ... Mary Phagan
Gordon Danniels ... Newt Lee
Jackson Walker ... John Black
Jeff Rose ... Boots Rogers
Ryan Lewis ... Harry Scott
Ric Reitz ... Reuben Arnold
Kate Kneeland ... Lucille Frank (as Katie Kneeland)
Terrence Gibney Terrence Gibney ... John Slaton
John Grimm John Grimm ... Fiddling John Carson
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[no spoilers] In 1913, little Mary Phagan is found dead at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta. Police quickly decide that the Jewish Superintendent, Leo Frank, should be held responsible. The trial commences with both prosecution and defense lawyers using ad hominen as the base for their arguments. From 1913 to 1915, this murder, trial, and aftermath gained notoriety worldwide. And one hundred years later it has produced books, college and university discussions, a Hollywood-ized movie "They Won't Forget", a TV movie "The Murder of Mary Phagan", a Broadway musical "Parade", a bittersweet folk song "The Ballad of Mary Phagan", and racial controversy.

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USA

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English

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30 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Ben Loeterman Productions See more »
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The People v. Leo Frank is a very compelling docudrama of a famous case
6 July 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this PBS docudrama on DVR that I recoded four years ago. I had previously learned of the Mary Phagan/Leo Frank case when NBC aired a two-part TV movie starring Jack Lemmon called "The Murder of Mary Phagan" back in the late '80s. That one was pretty compelling but this one is even more so since it's based on actual testimony of the participants for the case of which the most interesting was that of the prosecutor of Frank as he eventually changed his mind on the guilt of him in the killing of the 13-year-old. I also was touched when it depicted Leo's love for his wife during his incarceration whenever his voice recited his letters to her. Highly recommend to anyone seeking this on DVD.


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