DIRECTED BY: Robert Mulligan
ART DIRECTION: Henry Bumstead
Gregory Peck - ATTICUS FINCH
Mary Badham - SCOUT
Phillip Alford - JEM
Brock Peters - TOM ROBINSON
Robert Duvall - ARTHUR 'BOO' RADLEY
Based on the novel by Harper Lee
Beautifully-made version of Harper Lee's classic novel - one of the greatest Universal movies ever made.
Locations: The exteriors were all shot on the Universal backlot. The residential streets where Atticus and his family live was a set built near New York Street especially for the movie. The structures were real houses which were bought by Universal in 1961 from the developers of the Dodgers Stadium (opened in 1962) which was under construction in Chaves Ravine. The buildings were sold to Universal for $1 each and legendary art director Henry Bumstead arranged them into the evocative streets, positioned between what is now the 747 stage and the King Kong attraction, just south of Courthouse Square.
Today, only one house remains - the Boo Radley house has had minor alterations over the years, but can now be seen on Elm Street. Although it's not a regular part of the tram tour, VIP tours may be able to get access to Elm Street depending on the amount of production work in the area. The house has been recently repainted and remodelled for CBS's Ghost Whisperer.
Also featuring heavily is Courthouse Square - more recently known for Back to the Future and Ghost Whisperer, the area was known as Mockingbird Square when the Universal tour first started in 1964.
Props & Costumes: Around 2005, an unlabelled box was discovered in a storeroom. On opening, it was found to contain Gregory Peck's costume from this movie. The costume was originally displayed for a while in the museum on the Upper Lot, but was put into storage when the museum was closed. Hopefully in the future a new museum will be opened and Atticus' costume will be on public display once more.
Additional research by William French and Dennis Dickens.