Inherit the Wind

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Stanley Kramer
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

accounts, checks, balances.

My bank operates on the principle

of practical reality

and so do I.

Are you aware, my friends,

that the great big universities

throughout the country

will consider student applicants

from our state

ineligible because of this law

Now, I don't know whose idea it was

to hang a shingle on Hillsboro

spelling "horse-and-buggy,"

but as for me, I won't invest in antiquity.

I want my bank holding credit

with New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois,

and I may want my son to go to Yale.

Now, I believe in...

just as much as anyone in this room...

in a basic fundamentalist

interpretation of the bible,

but we can't close our eyes to all progress,

to everything which represents...

Wait a minute!

Wait a minute!

"Matthew Harrison Brady

volunteers to prosecute

in monkey trial. "

Matthew Harrison Brady.

the lord has sent us his right hand.

and I'll be working with him.

They'll come pouring out of the hills.

This town will fill up like a rain barrel

in a flood.

It'll be bigger than the Chautauqua

at Chattanooga,

And people are gonna have to have

some place to stay...

and they gotta eat.

This'll put Hillsboro on the

map of this country.

Let us give thanks to the lord.

Let us pray.

You better start praying, son.

imagine... Matthew Harrison Brady

coming here.

I voted for him for president,


once in 1900

and again in 08

I wasn't old enough to vote for

him the first time he run,

but my Pa did.

I seen him once at a Chautauqua

meeting in Chattanooga.

When he spoke, the tent poles shook.

Who's going to be your lawyer, son

I don't know yet.

I wrote to that newspaper in Baltimore.

they're sending somebody.

well, he better be loud.

Ahh, probably one of

those newspaper reporters.

You're a popular fellow.

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Nedrick Young

Nedrick Young (March 23, 1914 – September 16, 1968), also known by the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas, was an actor and screenwriter often blacklisted during the 1950s and 1960s. He is credited with writing the screenplay for Jailhouse Rock in 1957, which starred Elvis Presley. Young was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to screenwriting, he also took on an acting role in various feature-length films during the period 1943–1966. He was married to actress Elizabeth MacRae.Young died from a heart attack at the age of 54. more…

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