Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly


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The Evolution vs. Creationism argument is at the center of the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee Broadway play Inherit the Wind. Lawrence and Lee's inspiration was the 1925 "Monkey Trial," in which Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of state law. Scopes deliberately courted arrest to challenge what he and his supporters saw as an unjust law, and the trial became a national cause when The Baltimore Sun, represented by the famed (and atheistic) journalist H. L. Mencken, hired attorney Clarence Darrow to defend Scopes. The prosecuting attorney was crusading politician William Jennings Bryan, once a serious contender for the Presidency, now a relic of a past era. While Bryan won the case as expected, he and his fundamentalist backers were held up to public ridicule by the cagey Darrow. In both the play and film versions of Inherit the Wind, the names and places are changed, but the basic chronology was retained, along with most of the original court transcripts. John Scopes becomes Bertram Cates (Dick York); Clarence Darrow is Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy); William Jennings Bryan is Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March); and H. L. Mencken is E. K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly). Dayton, Tennessee is transformed into Hillsboro -- or, as the relentlessly cynical Hornbeck characterizes it, "Heavenly Hillsboro."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
UPC: 0738329163327
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 3,690

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Henry Drummond
Fredric March Matthew Harrison Brady
Gene Kelly E.K. Hornbeck
Florence Eldridge Sarah Brady
Dick York Bertram T. Cates
Henry "Harry" Morgan Judge
Donna Anderson Rachel Brown
Philip Coolidge Mayor
Elliott Reid Davenport
Claude Akins Rev. Jeremiah Brown
Paul Hartman Meeker
Jimmy Boyd Howard
Noah Beery Stebbins
Gordon Polk Sillers
Ray Teal Dunlap
Norman Fell Radio Announcer
Hope Summers Mrs. Krebs
Renee Godfrey Mrs. Stebbins
Donald Elson Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Clem Beauchamp Production Manager
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Harold Jacob Smith Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Ned Young Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Inherit the Wind
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [13:55]
3. Chapter 3 [16:50]
4. Chapter 4 [12:45]
5. Chapter 5 [15:54]
6. Chapter 6 [22:22]
7. Chapter 7 [24:28]
8. Chapter 8 [15:55]
9. Chapter 9 [5:37]

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Inherit the Wind 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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One of the best movies ever made about religious bigotry. The only thing missing is the possibility of an update that outlines the participation of The City Fathers in a conspiracy to bring money to their town by promoting the famous Monkey Trial. That certainly worked. See more recent documentaries to understand how and why the Monkey Trial was actually initiated. Anti-Science is still on the march with today's political atmospheric stench. This movie has a surprising ending indeed. It is NOT purely anti-Christianity, but actually has heart and tender portrayals of misguided good people. A totally-negative movie would deserve all the cowardly Anonymous reviews, but this does not. Ignore the one-star b.s. and see for yourself.
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