πŸŽ₯ Inherit The Wind – 1960

The Story …

In the 1920s, in the town of Hillsboro in an unknown state, a female voice sings “Old-time Religion” as schoolteacher Bertram Cates is arrested for violating state law by conducting a lesson on Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man.

The event makes headlines around the world. Matthew Brady, statesman, three-time presidential candidate and Biblical scholar, volunteers to assist Prosecutor Tom Davenport.

A huge parade welcomes Brady, who asks Rev Jeremiah Brown to stand beside him as he addresses the crowd. Witty and cynical E.K. Hornbeck of the Baltimore Herald, an influential newspaperman, seizes the opportunity to announce that Cates’ defense attorney will be the equally well-known Henry Drummond, one of America’s most controversial legal minds and a notorious agnostic …

Tourists begin to flood the town. Hornbeck welcomes Drummond and takes him on a tour of the circus Hillsboro has become.

Meanwhile, in the courtroom, Judge Coffey deals with reporters, Hornbeck and photographers.

Later, at the hotel Brady, his wife Sarah, and Drummond reminisce, regretting the loss of the close friendship he once had with the Bradys. That night, Rev. Brown rallies the townspeople, calling down God’s vengeance. When his daughter Rachel, who is engaged to Cates, protests, he condemns her.

Brady admonishes Brown by quoting Proverbs 11:29: “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind”, and sends the crowd home.

Taking advantage of her confiding to him and Sarah, Brady calls Rachel to the stand, forcing her to tell how Cates left the church when her father declared that a child who drowned was not worthy of heaven because he was not baptized.

He browbeats Rachel until Sarah cries out, “Matt!”, and Brady seems to come to himself. Cates tells Drummond not to cross-examine Rachel.

Drummond has six scientists as witnesses, but the prosecution successfully objects. In an impassioned speech, Drummond paints a grim picture of the consequences of allowing a wicked law to prevail and asks to withdraw from the case.

The judge orders him to show cause the next morning for why he should not be held in contempt. John Stebbins, the father of the boy who drowned, offers his farm as collateral for Drummond’s bail.

That night, the crowds march with a burning effigy singing that Cates should be killed. When Drummond tells Hornbeck he needs a miracle, Hornbeck tosses him a Bible, exclaiming, “Here’s a bagful!”. Drummond clasps the Bible to his chest, beaming.

In court, he calls Brady as a witness. Brady welcomes this challenge but becomes increasingly flustered by Drummond’s questions until he is forced to confess that some Biblical passages cannot be interpreted literally.

He loses control, and the court is adjourned. In their hotel room, Brady weeps on Sarah’s shoulder.

WGN Radio is in court to announce the verdict, which is “guilty”. Lacking a precedent, the judge fines Cates only $100. Brady tries to enter a speech into the record, but Drummond successfully moves that the court be adjourned.

Brady begins his speech, but in the chaos, few pay attention. He becomes increasingly agitated, and after stating, “Faith of our fathers… we shall be true to thee…’til death”, he collapses and dies.

In the courtroom, Hornbeck and Drummond are alone. For the obituary, Hornbeck asks what Brady said to Rev Brown, to which Drummond cites chapter and verse.

Hornbeck marvels at how Drummond can call himself an agnostic in spite of this.

Drummond accuses Hornbeck of being a heartless cynic, a lonely man who will be buried alone, yet Hornbeck states that Drummond will be there, as he leaves.

Drummond picks up the Bible and Darwin’s book in either hand, balancing them as the voice from the beginning sings, “Mine eyes have see the glory…”.

Drummond slams the books together, and the camera focuses on his face as he walks out with them under his arm.

Credits :

  • Directed by Stanley Kramer
  • Screenplay by
    Nedrick Young andΒ Harold Jacob Smith
  • Based on Inherit the Wind 1955 play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  • Produced by Stanley Kramer
  • Cinematography : Ernest Laszlo
  • Edited by Frederic Knudtson
  • Music by Ernest Gold
  • Distributed by United Artists
  • Release Date : June 25, 1960

Cast :

  • Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond (patterned after Clarence Darrow)
  • Fredric March as Matthew Harrison Brady (patterned after William Jennings Bryan)
  • Gene Kelly as E. K. Hornbeck of the Baltimore Herald (patterned after Henry L. Mencken)
  • Florence Eldridge as Sarah Brady (patterned after Mary Baird Bryan)
  • Dick York as Bertram T. Cates (patterned after John Scopes)
  • Donna Anderson as Rachel Brown
  • Harry Morgan as Judge Merle Coffey (patterned after Judge John T. Raulston)
  • Claude Akins as RevΒ  Jeremiah Brown
  • Elliott Reid as Prosecutor Tom Davenport
  • Paul Hartman as Deputy Horace Meeker – Bailiff
  • Philip Coolidge as Mayor Jason Carter
  • Jimmy Boyd as Howard
  • Noah Beery Jr. as John Stebbins
  • Norman Fell as WGN Radio Technician
  • Hope Summers as MrsΒ  Krebs – Townswoman
  • Ray Teal as Jessie H. Dunlap
  • Renee Godfrey as MrsΒ  Stebbins
  • Gordon Polk as George Sillers

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherit_the_Wind_(1960_film)

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