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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on “a weak trailer for a fine film,” Stanley Kramer’s ‘Inherit the Wind’

Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on "a weak trailer for a fine film," Stanley Kramer's 'Inherit the Wind'

Monkeyshines! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Stanley Kramer’s multiple Oscar nominee “Inherit the Wind,” starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly verbally duking it out during a fictionalized account of the Scopes monkey trial.

1960 audiences who saw Stanley Kramer’s film version of
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s fictionalized 1955 theatrical treatment of
the 1925 Scopes monkey trial assumed that its pro-Darwin evolutionary stance
was theoretically accepted by the broad population. But over 50 years later we
find, incredibly, that the argument is still not settled. A 1988 tv movie
remake starred Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards, and another in 1999 featured
Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. In any case, neither were as effective as
Kramer’s well-cast production, which was popular in its day and still makes for
riveting viewing.


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