Monroevillle and the movie
Henry Bumstead won an Oscar for his art direction and set design for the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. He spent two days in Monroeville with Harper Lee in November 1961, making photos and drawings to assist in his set construction in Hollywood. He duplicated the courtroom of the Monroe County Courthouse almost exactly on a California sound stage. Bumstead generously gave the museum copies of all his storyboard drawings for the film, set illustrations and his letters to producer Alan Pakula about his visit to Monroeville.
Gregory Peck’s visit to Monroeville in 1962 to research his role as Atticus Finch created great excitement in town. The exhibit includes several photos of Harper Lee giving Peck a tour of her hometown as well as other memorablia of that visit. Peck and Lee became close friends.
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Harper Lee and Gregory Peck in the Wee Diner in Monroeville, 1962. Photo from the Monroe County Heritage Museum