INHERIT THE WIND
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET
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.