Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mockingbird Trivia

The jury box in the Monroe County Courthouse
Monroeville, Alabama

Last night during the 50th anniversary showing of "To Kill a Mockingbird," we logged into Viggle and learned all sorts of movie trivia that I'll share here along with other trivia I found.

  • The courthouse used in the movie was an exact replica of the Monroe County Courthouse where Harper Lee's father tried cases as an attorney. The Monroeville courthouse is now a museum.

  • Mary Badham, who played Scout, did not read the book until she was grown.

  • Gregory Peck did his 9-minute summation speech in one take.

  • Brock Peters, who played Tom Robinson, gave the eulogy at Gregory Peck's funeral.

  • Rock Hudson was the studio's first choice for the role of Atticus.

  • The pennies in the cigar box were dated 1962, even though the setting took place in 1932.

  • Robert Duvall named many of his dogs "Boo Radley."

  • Atticus Finch was named the top movie hero in the last 100 years by the American Film Institute.

  • Robert Duvall stayed out of the sun for six weeks and died his hair blond for the role of Boo Radley.

  • Mary Badham was the youngest girl nominated for an Oscar for her role as Scout, but lost out to another child -- Patty Duke, who played Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker."

1 comment:

  1. I read To Kill A Mockingbird for the 1st time in 2010 and loved it!! I've never seen the movie version, but probably should at some point.

    I enjoyed reading the Mockingbird Trivia you've provided.