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INHERIT THE WIND
October 29, 2012  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

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Released in 1960, this movie could almost be classified as a horror film, because, more than 50 years later, it’s so timely, it’s scary. Based on the Broadway play, it dramatizes the Scopes “monkey trial” of 1925 – in which Spencer Tracy and Fredric March played opposing attorneys in a case about a biology teacher persecuted for teaching evolution in his classroom. Co-stars include Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan and Dick York – and please, please watch this film if you’ve never seen it. Few modern courtroom movies pack the impact of this one – and the science vs. religion argument hasn’t exactly faded in the interim.
 
 
 
 
 
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E Schmitt
Please also look at all the historical inaccuracies in the film. It would be no exaggeration to call them lies. There are a dozen major ones and they all make creationists look bad or evolutionists look good. Some examples: the science teacher was never arrested. The whole "trial" was a set-up to get publicity for the town of Dayton, Tennesee. The ACLU advertised for a teacher to violate Tenn law against teaching on evolution and Dayton leaders encouraged a substitute teacher who wasn't sure he'd even taught evolution to say he had. He was never put in jail or threatened with jail time. He also had no girlfriend. The menacing preacher was also another invention. The Dayton citizens were courteous to the people in town for the trial, too. William Jennings Bryan also didn't die at the end of the trial trying to shout out his opinions, but a few days later in his sleep. The lawyer defending evolution also wasn't a noble person. He'd been implicated in corruption.
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