Not Rated | | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Film debut of Alice Ghostley.
Why there he is, Mr. Tate. He can tell you his name...
Scout: Hey, Boo.
Atticus Finch: Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you.
During Atticus Finch's cross-examination of Mayella Ewell, he breaks off, has defendant Tom Robinson stand and catch an object with his right hand as a demonstration, and asks him to explain (not under oath) why he can't catch the object with his left hand; Atticus then resumes his cross-examination of Mayella. In a real trial, a lawyer can't examine two witnesses simultaneously; if he tried to do so, the opposing lawyer would successfully object to it. Moreover, if a defendant were to testify, as Tom Robinson effectively did (even if from the defense table, not under oath), the prosecutor would object, and could insist on cross-examining the defendant under oath.
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