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.
Although Gregory Peck's inspirational performance as Atticus Finch turned out to be a perfect highlight to his long career, Rock Hudson, Universal's number one star at the time, lobbied for the role, and was considered by Alan J. Pakula and Robert Mulligan. Spencer Tracy was the first choice of Pakula and Mulligan, but it conflicted with Tracy's existing film schedule. James Stewart was also offered the part, reportedly second, but told the producers he believed the script was "too liberal", and feared the film would be controversial.
Mr. Tate was right.
Atticus Finch: What do you mean?
Scout: Well, it would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn't it?
Early in the film Scout asks Jem how old they were when their mother died. Jem says Scout was two years old and he was six. Scout asks, "the age I am now?", and Jem responds "yes". So according to this scene Scout is six, and Jem is four years older, or ten years old. However when the Sheriff comes to investigate Mr. Yule's death and the attack upon Jem, Atticus says he cannot remember if Jem was twelve or thirteen years old.
introducing / Mary Badham as Scout / Phillip Alford as Jem