Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

DVD - 1960
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The defense attorney of a teacher brought to trial for teaching evolution faces a prosecutor who wants to keep the teaching of evolution out of Tennessee schools.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Beverly Hills : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1960.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Inher
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Sep 10, 2018

VERY GOOD 1960 film version of Scopes Monkey Trial - interesting peek into small town culture, science, religion and more. Spencer Tracy does a fine job, and I was VERY impressed with Fredric March's performance (and all those facial tweaks).

Jan 07, 2018

I would like to cancel the hold for “Inherit the Wind” at Dundas Library.since I no longer need it I thought I had already done so, so please do not fine me. The online system apparently doesnt allow me to do this. I am a senior and it has been to cold for me to do this in person.

Nov 21, 2017

I liked this 1960 court room legal drama. It was well acted. It is good for all ages. The story is strong. It was a good script. It had great actors/actresses.

Mayflower94 Oct 30, 2016

Watch Hollywood giants Spencer Tracy and Fredric March butt heads in this fictionalized version of the Scopes Monkey Trial. Classic film at its best. The ending is thought provoking that makes you challenge what you think you know.

Dec 13, 2014

Based on Tennessee’s infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, Stanley Kramer’s two-hour sermon on individualism and freedom of thought packs a handful of Hollywood heavyweights into a cramped and sweltering courtroom for a monumental showdown that never quite materializes. He tries a bit too hard to segregate the issues at hand by presenting them as separate characters; the town preacher is pure religious zeal, the teacher serves as a beleaguered everyman, and the northern lawyer personifies rationality while his outspoken opponent spews bombastic nonsense, bible firmly in hand. Meanwhile, a soured Chicago newspaperman who’s latched on to the case provides a cynical Greek chorus of sorts as he dictates his reports. A bit too neat and tidy, culminating in an overblown courthouse melee and a somewhat smarmy closing scene. But the underlying issue of freedom of religion versus freedom of everything else is as pertinent today as it ever was.

7duffy Dec 01, 2014

Spencer Tracy and Frederich March are at the top of their games in this fictionalized version of the Scopes Monkey trial. Dick York, of Bewitched fame, ablely plays Scopes and Gene Kelly is very effective as the dislikable (for no apparent reason) Sage of Baltimore. Tracy and March play off each other like two finely tuned instruments. The only criticism is March's 2 apparent concessions to acting - wiggling his bottom jaw when he is concerned and never being able to pass up food. Harry Morgan is excellent as the judge in the case.

Aug 14, 2014

Good acting, and an important event. Nice examination of many issues.

Jul 25, 2014

I wish I could add the missing star under the KCLS web listing for "Inherit the Wind". My only contribution to the star is to give my Five Star recommendation. Spencer Tracy and Frederic March are at the top of their game as opposing lawyers in a true case. The case comes from a 1925 trial of a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. Never mind what we think or know now, then it was really a heated debate. The trial takes place in a small town in Tennessee and it is one intense trial. Tracy and March literally are on the screen the whole movie. We have a trail of the century type atmosphere. This was making news everywhere in the country. The movie stands as one of America's Best Movies of All Time. So I would still like to add the other star on the KCLS. Maybe you could help by rating this movie yourself? Thanks for reading the above.

Aug 13, 2013

This is a 1960 Hollywood film directed by Stanley Kramer, based on the play of the same name written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. This dram is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes's conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. The characters of Matthew Harrison Brady, Henry Drummond, Bertram Cates and E. K. Hornbeck correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and H. L. Mencken, respectively. However, Lee and Lawrence state in a note at the opening of the play on which the film is based that it is not meant to be a historical account, and many events were substantially altered or invented. For instance, the characters of the preacher (Rev. Jeremiah Brown) and his daughter (Rachel Brown) were fictional, the townspeople weren't hostile towards those who had come to Dayton for the trial, and Bryan offered to pay Scopes' fine if he was convicted. Bryan did die shortly after the trial's conclusion, but his death occurred five days later in his sleep. Playwright Lawrence once explained that the play's purpose was to criticize McCarthyism and defend intellectual freedom. Both playwrights used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control. It's not about science versus religion. It's about the right to think. I think the film adequately depicts our right to think without both religious influence and mind control.


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