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    To Kill a Mockingbird Lot - Agreement Signed by Phillip Alford, Two Edited Clips of 35mm Footage, and Production Call Sheets. Phillip Alford was 13 years old and living in Birmingham, Alabama when he auditioned for the role of Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He had never previously been in a movie, and the story goes that Alford only agreed to the audition because it excused him from half a day of school! At any rate, Alford won the part of Jem (son of lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck in his Oscar-winning performance) and gave a moving, memorable, entirely natural portrayal. This lot contains a letter from Pakula-Mulligan Productions of Universal Studios, dated December 22, 1961, officially notifying Alford that he'd won the role and requesting his signature in agreement. (Alford and his mother both signed the form, as he was a minor.) Also included is a December 28, 1961 letter from the law offices of Silverstone & Rosenthal (and its postmarked envelope) regarding the casting agreement; three original call sheets, dated April 11 and 25, and May 1, 1962; and two clips of edited 35mm footage from the film. This last item is a uniquely rare artifact and deals with the scenes in which the trial begins and the camera tracks up to the segregated balcony, then to the uncuffing of Tom Robinson, and then cuts to Atticus in all his dauntless glory. Also included is a scene with jem and Scout in the forest after the Halloween party. All material is in Fine to Excellent condition. A wonderful archive devoted to a powerful and beloved film. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.

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    November, 2009
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