Episode 41, August 4, 2017: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Rape, racism, and the state of 1930's Alabama are discussed. Our friends from Victims and Villains join us as we talk To Kill a Mockingbird.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 41: To Kill a Mockingbird

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

II. Our bet

III. Tidbits/Things to Discuss

- Harper Lee and Gregory Peck became close. She gave him her father's pocket watch since he died before being able to see the film. Peck would later lose the watch and waited to tell Harper to which she said, "it's just a watch." Peck's grandson would later be named Harper.
- Prior to getting to know Peck, Lee wanted Spencer Tracy to play the role of Atticus but he was busy.
- The role of Dill was based off of Lee's childhood friend Truman Capote.
- Lee and Capote became outcasts and close friends as kids. She travelled with him in 1960 to Kansas to look into murders out there that would become the basis for Capote's book, In Cold Blood.
- Lee and Capote would later become estranged because she felt he didn't give her adequate credit for her role In Cold Blood. Also, he claimed in his biography that Lee's mother tried to drown her with Lee said was a lie. Finally Capote's drinking exasperated the rift between them.
- Our thoughts on the film?
- Is the story of the book too heavy for middle-school kids to read?
- There are several people/incidents that Lee based the Tom Robinson character. In 1931, several black teens were accused of raping a white woman and it was later discovered it was fabricated - charges were dropped for four of them the rest were sentenced to 75 years; when Lee was ten a man was convicted of raping a white woman and after Lee's father's newspaper wrote about it being a fabrication the man sentence was changed from death to life in prison; in 1955 a black man was accused of flirting with a white woman in Mississippi and was murdered (this event also led to the Civil Rights Movement).
- Harper Lee said of Mockingbird, "I wish I'd never written the damn thing."

IV. How rotten is To Kill a Mockingbird? To Kill a Mockingbird was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

V. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VI. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A
Brian's Grade: A
Karina's Grade: A