living in: to kill a mocking bird


There hasn’t been a story since Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird that’s held America with such rapt attention. Its sensitive and straightforward depiction of race relations in the Depression-era South was a moral beacon for the country, and Lee’s characters still inspire today. Fifty years ago, the 1962 movie version brought our beloved Scout and Atticus Finch to life, and we’ve wished ever since that we could be part of the family. — Amy Merrick

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Gregory Peck’s Atticus embodies everything we want in a hero — handsome, honest, dapper and a little careworn — while Scout brings the spunk in spades. More than just style, the movie hammers home serious substance, too. Grade-A, top-shelf, 5-star viewing pleasure. Now help me find a ham costume.

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  1. Jody says:

    Love. This movie gives me chills!

  2. I remember watching this in highschool! Somehow, at the time, I didn’t pick up on how awesome the movie sets were. I think I was so caught up in the movie’s plot!

  3. Crys says:

    Thought you’d like to see The Ham Costume I made for a high school play! Paper Mâché for the win!

  4. Susan says:

    I live in Seattle. One Halloween, I saw someone walking down the street in an identical “ham” costume. I wanted to hug him/her.

  5. Danielle says:

    Love the book, love the movie! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I just saw this movie again recently and loved the classic styling of the sets & wardrobes. Atticus Finch is a dreamboat! xo

  7. Claudia Madeira says:

    It’s a wonderful movie! I saw him just a few weeks ago :)
    (and by the way, I love your site, it’s really inspiring ;))

  8. Christina says:

    Such a great book and even better film! Love the inspiration for these pieces.


  9. allison says:

    one of my favorite movies. love!

  10. Cat in Palma says:


  11. Great book, great film…and now I’m realizing where my obsession with having a porch swing may have started!

  12. Linda says:

    Aah, so sweet. Thanks for this post. I want to go home right now and watch this movie again.

  13. I remember reading that back when i was in highschool! Such a fun and creative post!!

  14. London says:

    Such an amazing book! And I love those glasses… so Atticus!!

  15. Donaville says:

    Loved the book and movie. And loving Gregory’s specs.

  16. Joyce Pauline says:

    YAY, my favorite movie. This just totally made my day.

  17. Aina says:

    It’sa great movie ror the whole family. We wacht it last summer with my kids (6 and 9), and its a great lesson for them about justice and honor. Love it!

  18. Sally says:

    This is one of those rare movies that actually lives up to the book and then some–a fabulous classic that must be re-read and re-watched every so often. Loved this post, thanks!

  19. Charity says:

    Love this! And you can’t get sexier than Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. This was Robert Duvall’s first movie! He played Boo Radley.

  20. Carol says:

    Great pic for a Living In segment. LOVED the movie and book, love the era. I saw this again recently after rereading the book. It is so much more meaningful now than as a teen. Did you know that the character Dill is based on Truman Capote, who was a childhood (and lifelong) friend of Harper Lee?

  21. Kelsey says:

    Perfect! L-O-V-E the book and movie. I want to name my daughter Scout.

  22. Amber says:

    I loved reading the book in high school.

  23. Michel says:

    So powerful and inspiring.

  24. Cherie says:

    One of my favorite books and a great movie.

  25. Meredith says:

    Grew up with the book and movie, poster’s in my apartment. Needless to say this may be my new favorite living in! Great post!

  26. Nicki says:

    Thanks for the awesome post! One of my favorite books and movies. My daughter’s name is Scout :)

  27. Gregory Peck
    Great movie, great pic and a great actor.

  28. Ann says:

    Pass the damn ham, please.

  29. LusterNYC says:

    It’s time to watch this again!

  30. Sue says:

    This reminds me of my childhood – Every summer I would watch it.

  31. Jane says:

    Rare to love both the movie and the book. Such a beautiful story. Have seen the movie many times and I never tire of it.


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