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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Despite his delightfully audacious, youthful cynicism displayed in the film, Gene Kelly was 47 during the filming of the movie. See more »
At approximately 1:07, Spencer Tracy's characters refers to latitude and longitude and states "minutes, degrees, and seconds". Though technically correct, it is unusual for people that are familiar with such to list in that order; typically, logically/mathematically when listing such, degrees, minutes, and seconds are stated as "degrees, minutes, and seconds" because that is descending/hierarchical order. See more »
People like to comment on this film's "overacting". Try watching any of Joan Crawford's movies from this period and then get back to me. Inherit the Wind is a totally compelling story of the traditional school of thought versus a new scientific one. It centers on a small southern town coming to terms with Darwinism and its implications on Christianity. Spencer Tracy is an eloquent defense lawyer fighting to let evolution stay in the public schools. The script is quite good. The court room exchanges are thought provoking and moving especially when one knows about the real people and events behind the story. It's very difficult to come up with a criticism here. Not a weak performance to be seen.
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