Golden Oldies On the Big Screen Golden Oldies On the Big Screen




For, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (1962, b/w) remains one of Hollywood’s finest achievements and these days it shows up every couple of years in the cycle of vintage titles that pass through local theaters. And deservedly so. Still, it’s a fairly rare opportunity to see this fine film on the big screen, the way it deserves to be seen, and you can take advantage of the latest opportunity on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 9, at 2 and 7 p.m. in local Cinemark Theaters. Here are excerpts from a couple of Deseret News columns in which I’ve mentioned the film over the years.

April 19, 2012 (column headlined: Big screen + classic films + great time): There’s been a lot of hoopla in the news lately about the 50th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Oscar-winning movie about racial injustice, which sprang from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

President Obama hosted a screening at the White House earlier this month, the Post Office is issuing a commemorative stamp and the USA cable channel recently put the film on its schedule, which is notable because normally “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the exclusive purview of cable’s Turner Classic Movies.

If that’s not enough, after the Hollywood premiere last week of a new digital restoration, the picture has been made available to theaters around the country.

Not bad for a half-century-old black-and-white film made at the end of Hollywood’s golden era.


   Gregory Peck, left, Brock Peters, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

In addition to the rare level of quality that has allowed the “To Kill a Mockingbird” to seem ageless and remain a favorite for five decades, the film is notable in movie history for earning Oscars for Gregory Peck and screenwriter Horton Foote, for marking Robert Duvall’s film debut as Boo Radley and for making 10-year-old Mary Badham as Scout the youngest Oscar nominee in history at the time.

Sept. 8, 2005 (50th anniversary Blu-ray review): Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-winning novel became this Academy Award-winning film, which details small-town life in the South during the Depression.


Gregory Peck is perfect as Atticus Finch, a white lawyer standing up for truth in a small racist town as he defends a black man (Brock Peters) wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

Deservedly a much-beloved picture even after 50 years. All of the previous special-edition features are here, along with a gorgeous high-def buff and packaged with a photo-filled hardcover booklet.