Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but ... See full summary »
Teacher B.T. Cates is arrested for teaching Darwin's theories. Famous lawyer Henry Drummond defends him; fundamentalist politician Matthew Brady prosecutes. This is a very thinly disguised rendition of the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" with debates between Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan taken largely from the transcripts. Written by
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Based on the true events of the Scopes Monkey Trial which took place in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925. The defendant was John Thomas Scopes. See more »
E.K. Hornbeck calls the town "the buckle of the Bible Belt". Although Hornbeck represents H.L. Mencken who popularized the term "Bible Belt" in 1926 and might have coined it earlier, the movie wrongly implies that the term was already well known in 1925. See more »
[after Drummond asks the judge for permission to withdraw form the case]
Colonel Drummond, what reasons can you possibly have?
[Indicates the crowd]
Well, there are two hundred of them.
[Crowd reacts angrily]
And if that's not enough there's one more. I think my client has already been found guilty.
Matthew Harrison Brady:
Is Mr. Drummond saying that this expression of an honest emotion will in any way influence the court's impartial administration of the law?
I say that you cannot administer a wicked law ...
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If there is such a thing as a perfect movie, this is it.
After recently watching each remake of this film, one can easily appreciate what an incredible film the 1960 version is. It is the perfectly made film and should be held up to all as the pinnacle of film making. It has the perfect director and the perfect actors. It probably has the best behind-the-scenes crew ever assembled including the perfect film editor. The choice of black and white is also perfect. This is one of those few gems where every element of film making came together to make the perfect movie.
The story is very thought provoking from both points of view, the evolutionist and the fundamental Christian. While I am not even close to being a Christian of any kind, I am haunted by the speech given by Matthew Harrison Brady that says how our children will turn into a godless mob with no direction without the teachings of the Bible (paraphrasing). But, isn't that what has happened some 80+ years after the story takes place? The actors effortlessly sell each character's point of view.
There is very little that can be said about Spencer Tracy, Frederick March and Gene Kelly that hasn't already been said. When you see the new version of this film, you can really understand why these actors are held in such high esteem. These guys are actors!
In short, this is one of the finest films ever made and should be seen by everyone.
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