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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 »
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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:
Acting Giants And Relevant Themes See more (159 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)
George Calliga ... Courtroom Spectator (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)
James Gonzalez ... Courtroom 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)
Paul Power ... Courtroom Spectator (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:
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

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Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "Inherit the Wind" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee opened at the National Theater on 21 April 1955, ran for 806 performances, and won two acting Tony Awards in 1956. The opening night cast included Paul Muni as Drummond (Melvyn Douglas later took over the role when Muni developed a cataract), Ed Begley as Brady and Tony Randall as Hornbeck. There have been 2 Broadway revivals; in 1996 with Charles Durning and George C. Scott and in 2007 with Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While Archbishop Ussher did theorize the time when the earth was created, the time and date that Brady quoted was by Dr. John Lightfoot, not Archbishop Ussher.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Drummond:You know, Hornbeck, I'm getting damn sick of you.
E. K. Hornbeck:Why?
Henry Drummond:You never pushed a noun against a verb except to blow up something.
E. K. Hornbeck:You know, that's a typical lawyer's trick - accusing the accuser.
Henry Drummond:What am I accused of?
E. K. Hornbeck:Contempt of conscience, sentimentality in the first degree.
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36 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Acting Giants And Relevant Themes, 23 January 2007
Author: marcosaguado from Los Angeles, USA

The pleasure! Spencer Tracy and Frederic March going at each other. Masterfully spot on. As in most works of art, the passing of time adds to its relevance. Very much true in this case. Fanaticism without reason, such an everyday occurrence in our daily 2007 lives. There is nobody more deaf than the one who doesn't want to hear.Spencer Tracy personifies the truth, everything he utters is immediately believable. The cross examination of Frederic March is a classic on his own. The only discording notes are: the presence of Gene Kelly - very distracting indeed -and Claude Aikens in a way over the top performance. The way the trial is shot reminded me of the brilliant blocking of another Stanley Kramer film with Acting Giants And Relevant Themes "Judgement At Neuremberg" If you haven' seen "Inherit The Wind" do so, if you have, see it again and share the experience with your kids. I highly recommend it.

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