To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 film titles

David Sudweeks's picture


If it weren't for the G's spur [and its date of production], I'd identify this as Gotham.

The opening titles were done by Stephen Frankfurt. There are at least two weights of the type in question used. It's quite close to a tightly kerned Akzidenz Grotesk Bold, but feels a bit shorter. Could it be a lesser-known version of a famous typeface, say, Ludlow's Record Gothic? Could it be small caps? Were small caps ever offered with Franklin/News/Trade Gothic?

The opening titles on YouTube, I link to this one with an alternate soundtrack because of the ones I've found, this one distorts the picture's dimensions the least.

murphy.md's picture

Maybe Akzidenz-Grotesk? (AG Old Face might even be a better fit, but it wasn't designed until 1984.) [EDIT: should have read the description more carefully -- looks like you've ruled Akzidenz out]

David Sudweeks's picture

You know, I must have just gotten mixed up seeing the titles flattened out in the YouTube video I linked to. Akzidenz Grotesk is looking to be it.

Renko's picture

Hmm, don't think it is. See the long bar and strong arc of the G. But don't know what it actually is.

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Not necessarily: look at the "G" in "Mockingbird".

David Sudweeks's picture

Right; the rubbing to me doesn't look like it was created from the same type family as the rest of it.

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