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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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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 »
It's all about the monkey trial that rocked America.
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
acting tour de force. See more (157 total) »


  (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | 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?

Writers Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee named the overzealous prosecutor "Matthew Brady". When Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was tried for manslaughter three times in 1921 and 1922, the real overzealous prosecuting San Francisco District Attorney was named Matthew Brady. Matthew Brady was also the name of several real life historical figures including an English "Gentleman Bandit" who robbed several farms but refused to harm women in Tasmania in the 1820s. But the name Mathew Brady (with only one t) is most famously connected with the famous portrait and landscape photographer of the mid-1800s, best known for immortalizing American Civil War casualties.See more »
Factual errors: When Drummond is inquiring about the story of Jonah, he flips to a book mark towards the end of the Bible and opens it. The Job story is in the Old Testament, but the section Drummond flips to would be towards the end of the New Testament.See more »
E. K. Hornbeck:Evolution is a tricky question, which is hungrier, my stomach or my soul? Hot dog.
Bible salesman:Are you an evolutionist? An infidel? A sinner?
E. K. Hornbeck:The worst kind, I write for a newspaper.
[to Henry]
E. K. Hornbeck:Want a hot dog?
Henry Drummond:No.
Bible salesman:Oh then you sir, you must be a man of God.
Henry Drummond:No no no, ulcers.
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50 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
acting tour de force., 28 September 2004
Author: paulsp2 ( from U.K.

I have recently seen this movie on t.v. and was highly impressed with direction, photography and of course the acting! Spencer Tracy is one of my all time greats along with Frederic March so imagine seeing them together! Some may thing March a little over the top but personally I find his performance one of the most riviting and engaging I have ever come across in film, he should have received an Oscar for this. Somehow although acting styles have become more naturalistic over the years the spark and energy given by the greats of the past is simply missing in the vast majority of modern performances. That God they are preserved on film.

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