To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
US Indian Head and Lincoln pennies
The 1962 Universal Pictures film "To Kill a Mockingbird" has a title sequence which shows some
United States early 1900's Indian Head pennies and 1960's Lincoln cents.
The film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small town lawyer in 1933 who is raising two children alone.
He becomes the defense attorney for a black man accused of assaulting a white woman.
The title scenes are narrated by the girl as an adult woman remembering her childhood.
A pair of hands open a cigar box displaying a number of objects.
2. Box of memories
This scene shows some of the items including carved soap dolls, a watch, some crayons,
and some early 1900's Indian Head pennies and 1960's Lincoln cents.
adult woman narrating the titles makes it clear that the events in the film occurred a long time ago.
3. Indian Head pennies and Lincoln cents
A closer look at the items shows an Indian Head penny with the date 1907.
An Indian Head penny:
4. Indian Head penny 1906
Indian Head pennies are mentioned in the book but their significance was left out of the film.
Scout is narrating.
Inside were two scrubbed and polished pennies, one on top of the other.
Jem examined them.
"Indian-heads," he said. "Nineteen-six and Scout, one of 'em's nineteen-hundred.
These are real old."
"Nineteen-hundred," I echoed. "Say---"
"How's that, Jem...?"
"Well, Indian-heads --- well, they come from the Indians.
They're real strong magic, they make you have good luck.
Not like fried chicken when you're not lookin' for it,
but things like long life 'n' good health, 'n' passin' six-weeks test...
these are real valuable to somebody. I'm gonna put 'em in my trunk."
Maycomb, Alabama is a small rural town in 1933.
Attorney Atticus Finch is a widower with two small children, a boy Jem and a girl Scout.
Another boy Dill arrives to stay with his aunt and meets the pair.
5. Children Jem, Dill, Scout
Jem and Scout take Dill on a tour of the town and warn him about a local man known as "Boo" Radley
who is insane and comes out out night.
Well... judging from his tracks, he's about six and a half feet tall.
He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch.
There's a long, jaggeg scar that runs across his face.
His teeth are yellow and rotten.
His eyes are popped, and he drools most of the time.
6. Father Atticus Finch
The local judge asks Atticus to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of assaulting
a local white girl, Mayella Ewell. Mayella's father Bob Ewell claims to have witnessed the assault.
7. Children in the town square
Tom Robinson is lodged in the local jail, Atticus is seated outside, and a small mob arrives.
8. Lynch mob
Atticus' children manage to embarrass one of the mob members and they leave.
9. Atticus in court
Atticus cross-examines the girl and her father, Bob Ewell, and manages to discredit their stories.
The jury convicts Tom anyway, and he is soon killed by sheriffs, supposedly while trying to escape.
10. Bob Ewell
For some reason, he is seen a lot in the black community.
as an agricultural product, a "ham".
11. Jem accompanies Scout who is costumed as a "ham"
After the pageant, the two children walk home through the woods.
They are accosted by Bob Ewell, who breaks the boy's arm.
Someone else grabs Bob, the girl sees a man carrying her brother, and she runs home.
A strange man is in the house and Scout realizes that he is the mysterious Boo Radley.
12. Arthur "Boo" Radley
The sheriff tells everyone that Bob Ewell is dead with his knife in him and that there won't be any
13. Father and daughter
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
Mary Badham as Scout
Phillip Alford as Jem
John Megna as Dill Harris
James Anderson as Bob Ewell
Robert Duvall as Arthur "Boo" Radley
Writers: Harper Lee (novel), Horton Foote