'To Kill A Mockingbird,' The Film, Turns 50

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the film version of Harper Lee's classic novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird," we revisit a conversation we had in May of 2011 with Mary McDonagh Murphy, producer of the documentary, "Hey Boo: Harper Lee And To Kill A Mockingbird."

Murphy's film looks at how Lee's classic American novel broke ground when it was first published and unearths a rare radio interview with the now-reclusive author. In the interview, Lee talks about the success of her book.

“My reaction to it, was not one of surprise,” she said, “It was of sheer numbness… of being hit over the head and knocked out cold.”

Tto mark its 50th anniversary, a fully restored version of the film adaptation of "To Kill A Mockingbird" will be shown on the U.S.A. television network Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern time with an introduction by President Obama.


  • Mary McDonagh Murphy, producer of "Hey Boo: Harper Lee And To Kill A Mockingbird"

This segment aired on April 6, 2012.


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