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screen, the result is often disappointing. But that was not the case with To Kill a Mockingbird. The motion picture was loved by millions of readers who had revered the book, and inspired millions more who experienced Harper Lee’s great story for the first time while sitting in a movie theatre. The film’s most dramatic moments occur in a hot, crowded Alabama courtroom as Atticus Finch fights a losing battle in a criminal trial to defend an innocent client, Tom Robinson. Hollywood went to great lengths to make the film true to the novel and to portray a trial in a Southern courtroom as realistically as possible. And they made sure they got the wardrobe right. In his portrayal of Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck wore a three-piece seersucker suit designed for him by Haspel of New Orleans. Joseph Haspel, Jr. even personally fitted him. No other costume would have done the role justice. In his classic seersucker attire, Gregory Peck was the personification of the quintessential Southern lawyer. Atticus Finch wasn’t the only lawyer Hollywood adorned in seersucker. In the 1969 cult classic, Easy Rider, Jack Nicholson played attorney George Hanson, who comes to the aid

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