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They Won't Forget (1937) Poster

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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.
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First speaking role of 16-year-old Lana Turner.
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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.
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Director Fritz Lang was initially offered the project but passed on it, not wanting to be typecast as "an expert on lynching" (he had previously directed Fury (1936), which also involved a lynch mob).
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Film debut of Allyn Joslyn.
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The story is based on the murder trial of Leo Frank in 1915, despite the usual disclaimer at the start of the movie. Author Ward Greene covered that trial in Atlanta, Georgia, as a reporter.
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Film debut of Gloria Dickson.
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Lana Turner--then called Judy Turner--tested for her part on February 3, 1937. After the success of her initial test, "Lana Turner" reported for her first day of filming in early March 1937.
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The film was based on "Death in the Deep South", a novel by Ward Greene. Warner Bros. purchased the screen rights for $5,000.
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Film debut of Lana Turner.
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The film was a touchy subject in the city of Atlanta (GA), and the local Board of Review tried to keep it from being played in the entire state of Georgia. In Hollywood the Production Code Administration initially found the script "utterly impossible from the standpoint of political censorship," but screenwriter Robert Rossen's rewrites got the film the green light from the censors.
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Film debut of Linda Perry.
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