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To Kill a Mockingbird
Director: Robert Mulligan (Dir)
Release Date:   Mar 1963
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 25 Dec 1962 at the Fox Wilshire Theater; New York opening: 14 Feb 1963
Production Date:   mid-Feb--mid-May 1962
Duration (in mins):   129-130
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Cast:   Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch)  
    John Megna (Charles Baker "Dill" Harris)  
    Frank Overton (Sheriff Heck Tate)  
    Rosemary Murphy (Miss Maudie Atkinson)  
    Ruth White (Mrs. Dubose)  
    Brock Peters (Tom Robinson)  
    Estelle Evans (Calpurnia)  
    Paul Fix (Judge Taylor)  
    Collin Wilcox (Mayella Violet Ewell)  
    James Anderson (Robert E. Lee Ewell)  
    Alice Ghostley (Stephanie Crawford)  
    Robert Duvall (Arthur "Boo" Radley)  
    William Windom (Gilmer)  
    Crahan Denton (Walter Cunningham)  
    Richard Hale (Mr. Radley)  
  Introducing Mary Badham ([Jean Louise] Scout [Finch])  
  [And] Phillip Alford ([Jeremy Atticus] Jem [Finch])  
    Kim Stanley (Voice of Scout as an adult)  
    Steve Condit (Walter Cunningham, Jr.)  
    Bill Walker (Reverend Sykes)  
    Hugh Sanders (Dr. Reynolds)  
    Pauline Myers (Jessie)  
    Jester Hairston (Spence Robinson)  
    Jamie Forster (Hiram Townsend)  
    Nancy Marshall (Schoolteacher)  
    Kim Hamilton (Helen Robinson)  
    Kelly Thordsen (Burly man)  
    David Crawford (David Robinson)  
    Kim Hector (Cecil Jacobs)  
    Barry Seltzer (Schoolboy)  
    Guy Wilkerson (Jury foreman)  
    Charles Fredericks (Court clerk)  
    Jay Sullivan (Court reporter)  
    Dan White    
    Tex Armstrong    

Summary: In a small Alabama town in 1932, widowed lawyer Atticus Finch strives to create an atmosphere free from hatred and prejudice for his two children, six-year-old Scout, a tomboy, and her ten-year-old brother, Jem. The youngsters lead a carefree life, racing about the town, jeering at eccentric Mrs. Dubose and frightening themselves and their new friend, six-year-old Dill Harris, with exaggerated stories about Arthur "Boo" Radley, a supposedly mentally handicapped neighbor whom they have never seen. When Atticus agrees to represent Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Violet Ewell, the children must defend themselves against the racist taunts of their classmates. Though Atticus is able to demonstrate Tom's innocence by forcing Mayella to admit that her father beat her when he found her making advances toward Tom, the all-white jury returns a verdict of guilty. Atticus tries to have the decision reversed, but before he can do so, Tom attempts to escape and is killed. In revenge against Atticus, Bob Ewell attacks Scout and Jem, but Boo, who has secretly watched over the children and has left gifts for them in a tree trunk, saves them by killing Ewell. Unwilling to expose Boo to any publicity, Sheriff Heck Tate concludes that Ewell fell on his own knife and decides that there will be no trial. 

Production Company: Pakula-Mulligan Productions, Inc.  
  Brentwood Productions, Inc.  
Production Text: Edward Muhl in Charge of Production
Edward Mull in charge of production
Distribution Company: Universal-International Films, Inc.  
Director: Robert Mulligan (Dir)
  Joseph Kenny (Asst dir)
  Terry Morse Jr. (2d asst dir)
  Charles Scott Jr. (Asst dir)
Producer: Alan J. Pakula (Prod)
Writer: Horton Foote (Scr)
Photography: Russell Harlan (Dir of photog)
  Jack Whitman (Cam op)
  Frank Stanley (Asst cam)
  William Egan (Asst cam)
  Bill Neff (Gaffer)
  Carl Gibson (Grip)
  Walter Woodworth (Grip)
  Rollie Lane (Stills)
Art Direction: Henry Bumstead (Art dir)
  Alexander Golitzen (Art dir)
Film Editor: Aaron Stell (Film ed)
  J. Terry Williams (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Oliver Emert (Set dec)
  Fred Knoth (Set coord)
  Julius Rosenkrantz (Props)
  Frank Nifong (Props)
Costumes: Rosemary Odell (Cost)
  Seth Banks (Men's ward)
  John Lucas (Men's ward)
  Viola Thompson (Women's ward)
Music: Elmer Bernstein (Mus)
Sound: Waldon O. Watson (Sd)
  Corson Jowett (Sd)
  Charles Cohn (Sd)
  James Curtis (Sd)
Special Effects: Stephen Frankfurt (Main titles des)
  Mark Shaw (Titles asst)
  Jerry Ansell (Titles asst)
  Don Wolz (Spec eff)
Make Up: Bud Westmore (Makeup)
  Frank Prehoda (Makeup)
  Larry Germain (Hairstylist)
  LaVaughn Speer (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Ernest B. Wehmeyer (Prod mgr)
  Dick Gallegly (Asst prod mgr)
  Isabel Halliburton (Asst to prod)
  Meta Rebner (Scr supv)
  Don Morgan (Unit pub)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Philadelphia, 1960).
Authors: Harper Lee

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Pakula-Mulligan Productions, Inc. 16/3/1963 dd/mm/yyyy LP35477
Brentwood Productions, Inc. 16/3/1963 dd/mm/yyyy LP35477

PCA NO: 20267
Physical Properties: Sd: Westrex Recording System
  b&w:
  Widescreen/ratio: 1.85:1

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Legal
 
Subjects (Major): African Americans
  Brothers and sisters
  Children
  False accusations
  Injustice
  Lawyers
  Racism
  Trials
 
Subjects (Minor): Alabama
  Alcoholics
  Battered women
  Costumes
  Debt
  Dogs
  Evidence
  Family relationships
  Fistfights
  Flirtation
  Friendship
  Hero worship
  Judges
  Juries
  Left- and right-handedness
  Lynching
  Maturation
  Perjury
  Poverty
  Rape
  Recluses
  Rescues
  Revenge
  Reverends
  Servants
  Sharpshooters
  Sheriffs
  Small town life
  Southerners
  Tomboys
  Widowers
  Witnesses

Note: To Kill a Mockingbird was ranked 25th on AFI's 2007 100 Years...100 Movies--10th Anniversary Edition list of the greatest American films, moving up from the 34th position it held on AFI's 1997 list. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   17 Dec 1962.   
Daily Variety   11 Dec 1962.   
Film Daily   11 Dec 1962   p. 4.
Filmfacts   28 Feb 1963   pp. 13-15.
Hollywood Citizen-News   27 Dec 1962.   
Hollywood Reporter   13 Feb 1962   p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter   16 Feb 1962   p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter   11 May 1962   p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Dec 1962   p. 3.
Life   8 Feb 1963   pp. 97-99.
Life   28 Feb 1964.   
Motion Picture Herald   29 Dec 1962   p. 722.
New Republic   2 Feb 1963.   
New Republic   21 Feb 1963   pp. 30-31.
New York Times   15 Feb 1963   p. 10.
New Yorker   23 Feb 1963   pp. 125-26.
Newsweek   18 Feb 1963   p. 9.
Saturday Review   12 Jan 1963   p. 57.
Time   22 Feb 1963   p. 93.
Variety   12 Dec 1962   p. 6.

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