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Inherit the Wind Movie Review Summary

Actors: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly

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This 1960 Stanley Kramer film dramatizes the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial," with Spencer Tracy playing a Clarence Darrow-like character, Fredric March comically tragic as the William Jennings Bryan stand-in, and Gene Kelly in a fine performance as the cynical fictional counterpart of reporter H.L. Mencken. Future TV personalities Dick York ("Bewitched") and Harry Morgan ("Dragnet") may be glimpsed among the supporting actors -- as the defendant and judge, respectively. The confrontation between Tracy and March in the witness stand takes dialogue straight from the Scopes trial transcripts. With evolution versus creationism continuing in controversy today, this remains a timely drama.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   left-wing-but-not-quite-communist activism!    -   fighting for free speech/press    -   religious issues How much story is philosophy rather than plot?    -   3 ()

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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