Bob Ewell's full name is Robert E. Lee Ewell. This is a reference to Robert E. Lee, who was a major figurehead in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Given the mentality of the South for the years that followed the Civil War, it is not surprising someone would name their child in Lee's honor.
Gregory Peck stated in subsequent interviews that he felt that the scene where he quietly walks out of the courthouse after losing the case, while the upper gallery stands in silent respect, along with the line given by the reverend, "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing", was what won him the Academy Award.
Premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
James Earl Jones auditioned for the role of Tom Robinson.
The residential street where the Finches lived was located slightly southeast of Universals Courthouse Square. It ran in a westerly direction, then hair-pinned towards the back of the courthouse edifice from Mrs. Dubose's corner, on what is now the small parking lot where Royal Crescent Dr. and James Stewart Ave. converge.
The first of six films director Robert Mulligan made with his producer partner, Alan J. Pakula.
Film debut of Alice Ghostley.
Film debut of William Windom.