Early Film: Thou Shalt Not Kill (1915)
1935: Murder in Harlem by Oscar Micheaux
Write Your Review of Murder in Harlem (1935) by Oscar Micheaux: http://www.archive.org/details/Murder_in_Harlem
1937: They Won’t Forget by Mervyn LeRoy, Ward Greene (Novel Death in the Deep South), Robert Rossen (screenplay), and Aben Kandel (screenplay): Based on the Novel Death in the Deep South
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A pretty schoolgirl is murdered. An ambitious prosecutor wants publicity. And an outsider — a Northern teacher in a sleepy Southern town — makes a handy defendant, someone the locals will happily convict, innocent or guilty. Based on the infamous Leo Frank case, They Won’t Forget is an explosive, acclaimed indictment of bigotry that’s rich in deceptive motives, sudden violence, and courtroom suspense. The talent is as powerful as the story: Mervyn LeRoy (I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang) produced and directed with steady hand and crackling pacing, Robert Rossen (The Hustler) co-wrote the unflinching script, Claude Rains (Casablanca) etches a portrait of the ruthless prosecutor with poison and guile, and in her first credited role, Lana Turner makes the schoolgirl beguiling prey for an unhinged mind.
They Won’t Forget (1937): http://www.leofrank.org/videos/they-wont-forget_512kb-1937.mp4 (requires installation of Apple Quick Time to View).
1964: Profiles in Courage: Governor John M. Slaton
Of course, the role of John Slaton was not “paid by Walter Matthau” but “played.” Thomas Watson’s role in the original conviction was minimal, since he did not enter the fray until about a year after the crime (1914).
This famous trial, and its sad aftermath, is still much debated today. The 1964 TV version of events is still worth watching, although Matthau doesn’t look very much like Governor Slaton. When Theodore Sorenson vetted this script, he called attention to the problem of how a dead girl could bleed in the elevator. Will we ever know what really happened on Confederate Memorial Day in 1913? Why was the watchman Newt Lee sent away from the factory at 4pm? Where was Leo Frank when Montine Stover appeared between 12:05 – 12:10pm and his office was empty? There is no final certainty, even in the original black and white.
Anyway, this episode is a reminder of how history can be viewed, and even recycled, over time. Who ultimately will be well regarded – Hugh Dorsey or John Slaton? Such incidents are always instructive, especially when they were, and still are, so controversial. We will have to await the analysis of the recently discovered documents relating to April 26, 1913. (Konigsberg, 2011)
1984, ADL and other Jewish groups made a failed attempt to get a posthumous pardon for Leo Frank, the Jewsmedia spins the case to the benefit and on behalf of Leo Frank.
1987: The Murder of Mary Phagan
Truth Tellers write,
“this Jewish Leo Frank Defense Frankite (Cult of Leo Frank) miniseries idealizes the pedophile, rapist and strangler, Leo Frank, smears Dorsey as a “self-admitted” Anti-Semite (also suggesting he would marry a white haired 80 year old widowed grandmother, with one foot in the grave, so Dorsey could get 50 extra votes), smears Southerners and makes a mockery of the facts in the Leo Frank case. Lucille Selig who became Leo Frank’s wife in 1910 is presented in the miniseries as tall, dainty, pretty and thin (look at the image above or watch the miniseries), the exact opposite of what she really looked like in 1913 (look at the real images below). Under the veneer of the public Selig-Frank marriage was a once beautiful and voluptuous Lucille Selig destroyed by her selfish, mocking and condescending husband” (2011).
Mrs. Lucille Cohen Selig Frank
The chunky, androgynous, and dumpy, bulldykish looking Mrs. Leo Frank is often idealized in direct Jewish media representations pertaining to Leo Frank as thin and beautiful, including the 1915, Thou Shalt Not Kill silent film surviving photos, the 1987 miniseries, The Murder of Mary Phagan, and the 2009 fictionalized docudrama, The People vs. Leo Frank.
The Physical Rehabilitation of Lucille Selig Frank
The Hollywood rehabilitation of Leo M. Frank’s image often carries over to Lucille Selig Frank too, because in real life, Mrs. Leo M. Frank looked more like Pat from Saturday Night Live than the sexy and sultry vixens that play her in Jewish dramatizations and reincarnations.
The Dramatic Decline of Lucille Selig Frank
Most neutral observers studying the history of the Leo Frank case note that the photographs of Lucille Selig Frank taken during 1913 to 1915 were unflattering indeed. Perhaps Lucille’s dramatic physical decline during 1913 to 1915 ordeal was compounded by an unhappy, one-sided, unfaithful marriage, under the veneer of a happy public marriage, and the furtive acknowledgement of Leo Frank’s guilt during the whole Dog and Pony show of the trial and appeals. In her later life, her weight seemed to normalize.
The Final Verdict of Lucille Selig Frank Is Left Out of Jewish Dramatizations
When Lucile Selig Frank passed away from cardiac arrest (broken heart) on August 23, 1957, her last will and testament notarized in 1954, suggested an entirely different verdict concerning her insistence of Leo Frank’s innocence during her life. The question everyone wanted to know was whether or not there was some truth to the Minola McKnight statement, State’s Exhibit J, June 3rd, 1913. The answer would come from the symbolism of Lucille’s specific request for cremation, and thus not buried in her reserved empty grave spot in the Mount Carmel Cemetery at the Frank-Stern family grave plot #1 (1-E-41-1035-01), next to Leo M. Frank in grave spot #2, at the Frank-Stern family grave plot #2 (1-E-41-1035-02). Many years after her cremation, the family being able to read between the lines of her 1954 notarized will ensured the final resting place of Lucille Selig’s ashes would be become the space between the grave stones of her parents.
Miniseries: The Murder of Mary Phagan, 1987
The Murder of Mary Phagan, a 1987 two-part TV miniseries made by Orion Pictures Corporation and distributed by National Broadcasting Company (NBC), is a dramatization of the story of Leo Frank, a factory manager charged and convicted with murdering a thirteen-year-old girl, a factory worker named Mary Phagan, in Atlanta, Georgia 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. In 1915, a small group of prominent men of Marietta, Georgia, kidnapped Frank from prison and lynched him. 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, Virginia. It has a running time of 251 minutes (over four hours), originally broadcast over two evenings. The film won the 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.
2009: The People v. Leo Frank by Benjamin Loeterman and Steve Oney
Starring: Will Janowitz, Seth Gilliam
Directed By: Ben Loeterman (and Steve Oney)
Produced By: Laura Longsworth
Awards: Special Jury Award from History Makers 2010
Plot Outline: In 1913 Atlanta, 13-year old Mary Phagan was found dead in the basement of the National Pencil Company. The police soon focused on her boss, Leo Frank. Frank’s murder trial quickly descended into a free-for-all of racial stereotypes, hearsay testimony and mind-boggling contradictions. With no physical evidence connecting Frank to the crime, he was found guilty and sentenced to death largely on the say of a black factory sweeper, Jim Conley.
The conviction was appealed to the US Supreme Court, and the New York Times made Frank’s plight a cause celebrè, to no avail. Then, the day before he was to hang, Georgia’s Governor John Slaton concluded in an astonishing turnaround that Frank had not received a fair trial and commuted his sentence to life in prison.
Slaton’s decision inflamed tempers. On a hot August afternoon, twenty-five men drove 150 miles to the state penitentiary in Milledgeville, walked in and abducted Frank. They drove back to an oak grove near Mary Phagan’s childhood home. There, the small table on which Leo Frank was hoisted was kicked out from under him, and Leo Frank hung. The case’s aftermath marked the reconstituting of the Ku Klux Klan, and the galvanizing of the newly formed Anti-defamation League.
The People v. Leo Frank weaves together drama with recollections, commentary, and a rich trove of archival images. The film stars Will Janowitz (of the Sopranos) as Leo Frank and Seth Gilliam (of The Wire) as Jim Conley with dialogue drawn straight from the historical record.
Sandy Berman attempts to present the Leo Frank case neutrally, but then the video gets a little sneaky via use of period fictional reenactment photos, half-spun and black face representation of Jim Conley “doing the crime.” The subliminal message on this video is to Frankite proselytize by visually implanting as the “truth” a made-up defense theory pretending to be what really happened. If you want to see those original black face images that were financed by Jewish media mogul “Money Bags,” the likes of Adolph Ochs and Albert Lasker, which were created to propagandize the Leo Frank case for the defense, visit the defense page to see the entire series of photos.
Screening a Lynching by Bernstein: Admittedly biased on behalf of Leo Frank, it discusses the media interpretations of the Leo Frank case.
Indy Yeshiva Spinning the Leo Frank Case
Jewish Global Culture Wars Against Western Civilization Begins in the South
Round Table on the People Vs. Leo Frank: http://mediam1.gpb.org/gpb/tv/2010/GPB-TV_ThePeopleVLeoFrank_AGeorgiaRoundtable_558kbps.wmv Why won’t they talk about State’s Exhibit B, Monteen Stover, and the August 18, 1913, Leo Frank’s trial admission amounting to a murder confession?
Steve Oney on C-Span (October 11, 2003) speaking about his research and book on Leo Frank: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/178832-1. Not a word about State’s Exhibit B, Monteen Stover, and Leo Frank’s August 18, 1913, virtual murder confession about his “unconscious” bathroom visit to the metal room — the scene of the crime.
The Knights of Mary Phagan: Another Jewish Dramatization Demoralizing European-Americans, Smearing Southerners, and Subverting the Truth
Samuel Q. Edelstein et al., Plaintiffs, v. George H. Bell, Defendant. Supreme Court of New York, Special Term, New York County. 91 Misc. 620; 155 N.Y.S. 590; 1915 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1183. September, 1915. PRIOR HISTORY: [**1] Application for an injunction pendente lite.