I couldn’t find Coogan’s Bluff online, so I watched this instead.
Right from the beginning it felt like top quality stuff, which on the whole it was. Gregory Peck was fabs as Atticus Finch, the small town lawyer and a very good man. Just as impressive were the two child actors as his children (their mother had died), especially Mary Badham playing 6 year old “Scout” (Mary was actually 10). And this was Robert Duvall’s very first appearance on film as Arthur “Boo” Radley, who we only get to see at the very end of the film. He didn’t have a single line, but he was perfect as the reclusive and mysterious character.
The story, if you don’t know, is about the trial of an African American wrongfully accused of rape by the daughter of a nasty racist white man, and set in Alabama during the Great Depression. The courtroom scene in this was well done, and quite riveting.
It was not perfect though. There were no strong African American characters, not even Tom Robinson (the accused) who apart from the courtroom had few lines. His family and friends pretty much had no lines at all, and did not contribute to the story.
Still, it was a very worthy film. Even just the scenes of the kids playing in their neighbourhood were fun to watch, play time in those desperate days seemed to be far superior to what we have now.
I shall be watching this again some day.
Date watched: January 7th
Film count 2017: 7