Inherit the Wind

  • Film
  • Drama
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Courtroom drama meets pious liberalism in this stolid adaptation of the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E Lee play about the Tennessee 'Monkey Trial' of 1925 (when a young schoolmaster - played by York - was indicted for illegally teaching Darwinian theory). Tolerably gripping in its old-fashioned way, thanks chiefly to old pro performances from Tracy and March as the rival lawyers and ideologists, but rather let down by Kelly's inadequacy as the cynical journalist who is comfortably denounced as the real villain of the piece.

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stanley Kramer
Screenwriter: Harold Jacob Smith, Ned Young
Cast: Florence Eldridge
Gene Kelly
Fredric March
Harry Morgan
Donna Anderson
Dick York
Noah Berry Jr
Spencer Tracy
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