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.
Finch was writer Harper Lee's mother's maiden name.
I'm real sorry they picked you to defend that nigger that raped my Mayella. I don't know why I didn't kill him myself instead of goin' to the sheriff. That would have saved you and the sheriff and the taxpayers lots of trouble...
Similar to her "close up" conversation with Jem about retrieving his breeches, Scout mouths Atticus' next lines when begging to be allowed a ride to visit Tom Robinson's family before the court case (from 0:44:27 to 0:44:57). The lip movement is slight and would be mumbling were she speaking, but when Atticus says "Promise to stay in the car while I talk with Helen Robinson" the movement does seem to match "Helen Robinson".
introducing / Mary Badham as Scout / Phillip Alford as Jem