Inherit the Wind


Inherit the Wind is a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. It is a fictionalized account of the Scopes Trial, with the parts of real-life opposing attorneys William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow being named Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry Drummond, respectively.

It has been hailed one of the great American plays of the 20th Century with themes about religious tolerance, belief and freedom of thought that have considerable resonance to this day.

The play has been made into three made-for-television movies, and a screen version, in 1960. The film stars Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Harry Morgan, Claude Akins, Noah Beery Jr. and Florence Eldridge.

The film was adapted by Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith. It was directed by Stanley Kramer.

The movie was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Spencer Tracy), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Film Editing and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

The Tennessee Monkey Trial argues that Inherit the Wind was a critique on McCarthyism similar to The Crucible

Inherit the Wind is also an album released in 1980 by Wilton Felder.