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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Bertram T. Cates:
[addressing his class as Mayor Jason Carter, Reverend Jeremiah Brown, Jessie Dunlap, and Deputy Sam enter the classroom to arrest him]
Good morning visitors. For our science lesson for today, we will continue our discussion of Darwin's Theory of the descent of man. As I told you yesterday, Darwin's Theory tells us that man evolved from a lower order of animals: from the first wiggly protozoa here in the sea, to the ape, and finally to man. As some of you fellas out there probably ...
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We'll Hang Bert Cates to a Sour Apple Tree
Music by William Steffe
Sung to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by marching Townfolks See more »
The Pious Take On Reality...
A small (minded) town in America, where the natives inherit all they're preached about creationism - pitched against the fatal reality of evidence. Based on events from 1925 but, the characters it contains still walk the streets today, in various shades and extremes, and the rest of the world isn't such a different place either - with some parts of it exhibiting an ever more concentrated piety.
Great performances all round but the chaotic courtroom takes some swallowing.
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