Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (Mary Badham) is a six-year-old tomboy growing up in the fictional southern town of Maycomb, along with her brother Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch (Phillip Alford), and their friend Charles Baker “Dill” Harris (John Megna). During the summer, Jem and Dill constantly think of new ways to make Boo Radley emerge from his house. Arthur “Boo” Radley is a man who at a young age was arrested for disorderly conduct. Rather than be locked up by the authorities, his father kept him locked up in their house; to this very day, Boo still hasn’t come out. Jem and Scout’s father is Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), a widower and an attorney with deeply-held principles. After several lectures from Atticus, the children decide to leave Boo alone.

One day while walking past the Radley house, Jem finds a medal in the knothole of the Radleys’ oak tree. Day after day he finds more and more gifts until Mr. Nathan Radley cements the knothole shut. Before going to bed one night, Jem shows Scout the treasures left in the tree. They begin to suspect that they were left there by Boo.

Atticus is approached by Judge John Taylor (Paul Fix) who appoints him to the case of Tom Robinson (Brock Peters). Robinson, a black man, is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell (Collin Wilcox), a white woman. Mayella is the daughter of Robert E. Lee “Bob” Ewell (James Anderson); a man hated by most of the town due to his drinking habits and abusive ways. Atticus desperately tries to have the verdict overturned, but Tom is convicted. Although the Ewells won the case, Bob is left viciously humiliated by Atticus. Later that night, Tom is shot to death while foolishly attempting to escape from the police. After Atticus arrives at Tom’s house to tell the tragic news to his wife, Bob Ewell shows up and spits in Atticus’ face.

On Halloween, Jem and Scout head to a Halloween pageant that Scout is to take part in. On their way home, Jem and Scout are attacked by a man they cannot see because of the dark. After knocking Jem unconcious, the man attempts to kill Scout when another man emerges from the darkness and defeats the children’s attacker. The mysterious hero takes Jem to Atticus with Scout following. Atticus calls Dr. Reynolds and Sheriff Heck Tate (Frank Overton) over. Dr. Reynolds confirms that Jem is suffering from a broken arm and will make a full recovery. The sheriff tells Atticus that he found Bob Ewell dead in the middle of the street with a knife stuck under his ribs. Scout tells Sheriff Tate the whole story of how they were attacked. When asked who saved them from Ewell, Scout points to the man standing in the corner of the room. After a few moments she comes to realize that their savior was none other than Boo Radley (Robert Duvall).

Atticus suspects that Jem killed Ewell and tries to make a case of it, but Sheriff Tate insists that Ewell fell on his own knife (although it is implied that Boo killed him). After finally convincing Atticus that Ewell killed himself, Tate leaves. Scout takes Boo home and realizes while standing on the Radley porch that Boo had given her and her brother so many treasures including their lives, but they never gave him anything in return. Scout returns home and falls asleep in Atticus’s arms as he watches over both of his children.

Starring – Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall
Director – Robert Mulligan
Screenplay – Horton Foote based on Harper Lee’s novel.

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