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Inherit the Wind -- Spencer Tracy and Frederic March go head-to-head as opposing attorneys in this blistering courtroom drama about the famed "Scopes Monkey Trial" where a Tennessee teacher must defend himself for teaching Darwinism.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Nedrick Young (screenplay) (originally as Nathan E. Douglas) and
Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
November 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's all about the monkey trial that rocked America.
Plot:
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Clear the decks giants are about to clash See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Henry Drummond

Fredric March ... Matthew Harrison Brady

Gene Kelly ... E. K. Hornbeck

Dick York ... Bertram T. Cates

Donna Anderson ... Rachel Brown

Harry Morgan ... Judge Mel Coffey

Claude Akins ... Rev. Jeremiah Brown

Elliott Reid ... Prosecutor Tom Davenport
Paul Hartman ... Bailiff Mort Meeker
Philip Coolidge ... Mayor Jason Carter
Jimmy Boyd ... Howard

Noah Beery Jr. ... John Stebbins

Norman Fell ... WGN Radio Technician
Gordon Polk ... George Sillers

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Krebs - Righteous Townswoman

Ray Teal ... Jessie H. Dunlap
Renee Godfrey ... Mrs. Stebbins
Florence Eldridge ... Sarah Brady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Alton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Fundamentalist Woman (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Townsman (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Eskimo Pie Vendor in Courtroom (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Dr. John (uncredited)

Donald Elson ... Bollinger (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Threatening Spectator (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Dr. Amos Keller (uncredited)
Joseph Hamilton ... Man Yelling at Brady Welcome (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Townsman (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Dr. Britton's Tonic Spieler with Chimp (uncredited)
Tex Holden ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wendell Holmes ... Banker - Critic at City Meeting (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)
Harp McGuire ... Harry Esterbrook (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Sam - Deputy Arresting Cates (uncredited)
Stephen Paylow ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Woman Diner (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Rudy Sooter ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Martin Strader ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Juror (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Justice Watson ... Hillsboro Salesman (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Bible Salesman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Nedrick Young (screenplay) originally as Nathan E. Douglas and
Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay)

Jerome Lawrence (play) and
Robert E. Lee (play)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
 
Casting by
James Lister (uncredited)
Lynn Stalmaster (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director
Leonard Kunody .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Art Cole .... property master
Jack Kirston .... second property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound editor
Joe Lapis .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Kashuk .... assistant company grip
Roy Roberts .... chief gaffer
Morris Rosen .... company grip
Charles F. Wheeler .... camera operator (as Charles Wheeler)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
Anne P. Kramer .... assistant to producer
Stanley Kramer .... presenter
Thomas R. Marshall .... technical advisor (as The Reverend Thomas R. Marshall)
Herman Shumlin .... stage director
Herman Shumlin .... stage producer
Harold J. Samelson .... publicity campaign coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
128 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19499) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although the defense lost the actual John Thomas Scopes Monkey Trial, it was later reversed on a technicality.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: As Matthew Brady ends his arrival speech to a crowd of supporters on the street, the 'old time religion' song is sung by the throng, but their lips are completely out of sync with the soundtrack.See more »
Quotes:
E. K. Hornbeck:Disillusionment is what little heroes are made of.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Give Me That Old Time ReligionSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Inherit the Wind' about?
Any recommendations for other movies with moral/philosophical clashes as in "Inherit the Wind"?
Is the play based on a true story?
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42 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Clear the decks giants are about to clash, 2 July 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This movie is made by the performances. The material is very good, but at time its a bit melodramatic and obvious, which is the way the play is. Were it not for the collision of Spencer Tracy and Frederick March this would be just an excellent Hollywood film instead of the classic that it is.

I would be tempted to say that all you need is a basic knowledge of the plot and the ability to jump straight to the court room scenes, but that would be unfair. Watch the movie once and then after that you can simply watch the fireworks.

What can I say about the battle between Tracy and March? Nothing. Words fail me. This is one of the great battles on screen in any film. It should be seen by anyone who wants to see how "easy" acting should appear. All the more important is the fact that this is a battle of ideas that still matter today as much as then. If only all of the world's problem could be debated this perfectly we'd live in a happier place.

See this movie.

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