Inherit the Wind


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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91%
IMDb Rating 8.2 10 23003


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Gene Kelly as E. K. Hornbeck
Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond
Harry Morgan as Judge Mel Coffey
Claude Akins as Rev. Jeremiah Brown
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Reviewed by bombersflyup 5 / 10

E. K. Hornbeck: He's the only man I know who can strut sitting down.

Seems I have to love or hate this film, but no Inherit the Wind was quite average. While being based on the real-life case may be special, the film itself is not.

Don't know how accurate any of it is, but it seems to cop out quite a bit. Christians being part of a mob mentality and wishing harm to innocents and then no real resolution as it just focuses on the one man. If the teacher Cates really was on trail and it wasn't just a debate, then why wasn't he ever on the stand? And if it was just a debate, what's the point if you only hear one side of the argument. I am yet to see any character of Spencer Tracy tested in any way. The same smug, cool, I'm better than everyone character without layers in every film, and he is considered one of the greats, I don't get it. The two main women, Rachel Brown and Brady's wife Sarah were standouts in the film I thought. Donna Anderson was bursting under that outfit to my eyes, dunno how old she was.

Sarah: Youth can be so pure. What do you know of good or evil? What do you understand of the sum of a man's life? Rachel Brown : He betrayed me! Sarah: You betrayed yourself! You see my husband as a saint, and so he must be right in everything he says and does. And then you see him as a devil, and everything he says and does must be wrong. Well my husband's neither a saint nor a devil. He's just a human being, and he makes mistakes. Rachel Brown : How can you defend him? Sarah Brady: It's not he I'm defending! I'm defending the forty years I've lived with this man, and watched him carry the burdens of people like you! If he's been wrong, at least he stood for something! What do you stand for? Do you believe in Bertram Cates? I believe in my husband. What do you believe in?

Reviewed by Mark Turner 9 / 10

Two Great Performances

By now many are well aware of the play and movie versions of the tale INHERIT THE WIND. The story based on the Scopes monkey trial has found receptive audiences on stage, screen and TV versions. But for me the best rendition of the tale was in this film, a classic if ever there was one.

The actual trial took place in 1925 when the movie is set and involved a school teacher who had the audacity to teach evolution in his classroom. The true tale found him defended by one of the most brilliant minds in defense law Clarence Darrow while the man facing off against him was three time presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan. From this story the play and then movies were made.

Bertram Cates (Dick York) is accused of teaching evolution against the law of the state of Tennessee. Condemned by both the local politicians as well as the leading town minister Rev. Jeremiah Brown (Claude Akins) it appears that he will have no luck finding an impartial jury. When newsman E.K. Hornbeck (Gene Kelly) hears of the story he turns it into a cause and gets plenty of support from his newspaper.

The story grows and rather than allow the local prosecutor try the case a special prosecutor is brought in. Matthew Harrison Brady (Frederic March) is an ex-presidential nominee and popular Chautauqua speaker and well-loved by many. When Hornbeck hears this he convinces his newspaper to pick up the defense for Cates and they bring in Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy), a noted rabble rousing defense attorney who is quite successful but not as adored by the townsfolk as Brady is. The two are long-time friends and Drummond is greeted fondly by both Brady and his wife Sarah (Florence Eldridge).

The build up to the trial takes up a good portion of the film. Rev. Brown incites the townsfolk against Cates much to the chagrin of his daughter Rachel (Donna Anderson) who is engaged to Cates. It is not a relationship that will bode well with the events taking place. And Rev. Brown seems more interested in making a name for himself than in his daughter.

Eventually the trial progresses and it is here that much of the best of the film is seen. The back and forth between the two lead characters of Brady and Drummond is amazing to watch and listen to. The legal back and forth as well as the ponderance of the question at hand, is it possible evolution is real, make for fascinating. By the end of the film no matter what your belief is you will find something to question on both sides.

What the movie boils down to is two very different yet compelling performances by two of the greats of classic cinema. Both March and Tracy were well past their prime popularity wise but find in this vehicle something with which to reclaim their fame as two of the best actors of their age or any other. March is wonderful to witness here but I've long been a fan of Tracy, one of the most underrated actors of all time. Kelly does a great job here as well playing something different for a change, a sleazy slime ball of a character looking to gain prestige at the cost of others involved.

The movie is a joy to watch from start to finish and Twilight Time has done a great job with their presentation here offering the cleanest version of the film to date. Extras are very limited to just an isolated music & effects track and the original theatrical trailer. But as with all of their releases it is limited to just 3,000 copies so movie lovers should pick this up before they are gone.

Reviewed by calvinnme 9 / 10

Let me tell you about a man named Brady

Dick York plays a young schoolteacher who deliberately breaks Tennessee state law in the 1920s by teaching evolution in the classroom, and afterwards he is arrested and put on trial in what is an intentional test case - the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Only here it would be the Cates Monkey Trial since the names have been completely changed. So Spencer Tracy plays Henry Drummond instead of Clarence Darrow, Fredric March plays Matthew Harrison Brady instead of blow-hard populist Williams Jennings Bryant, York plays Bertram Cates instead of John Scopes - an earnest young man who wonders if this is all worth it, and Gene Kelly plays E. K. Hornbeck instead of H. L. Mencken, eating hot dogs and airing satirical pieces and just getting under Tracy's character's skin in general in an early non-musical role.

I suppose most observers would say this film leans pretty left, and I'm not going to argue with that, but there's some effort to give the Fredric March character some dignity, like when he intervenes in Claude Aikens' let-'em-all-burn-in-hell diatribe and when he cuts off his own inquisition-like haranguing of Aikens' daughter after his wife calls out his name. And the movie hedges its bets a bit at the end by having Spencer Tracy revealed as "the atheist who believes in God" and the way he balances the Bible and the Darwin book as if they carry the exact same weight.

Also, all that singing about old time religion at both the beginning and end. And Dick York declaring that what we're witnessing locally "is not necessarily the Christian religion everywhere". The filmmakers certainly didn't want to cause riots or alienate Christians to the point that they wouldn't buy a ticket. If it doesn't offend your sensibilities too much, it's a nice acting tour-de-force with Tracy and March going at it. Florence Eldridge, the actual Mrs. Fredric March, plays her own husband's character's wife and shines in the role.

I'd recommend this one as it has the overall spirit of the actual Scopes Monkey trial down pretty pat, in spite of all of the subterfuges and renaming of characters.

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