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Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywoodmarker film adaptation of the play of the same name, directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy (Drummond) and Fredric March (Brady), and featuring Gene Kelly (Hornbeck), Dick York (Cates), Harry Morgan (Judge), Donna Anderson (Rachel Brown), Claude Akins (Rev. Brown), Noah Beery, Jr. (Stebbins), Florence Eldridge (Mrs. Brady), and Jimmy Boyd (Howard). The movie was adapted by Nedrick Young (originally as Nathan E. Douglas) and Harold Jacob Smith.

Inherit the Wind is a parable which fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial as a means to discuss the then contemporary McCarthy trials.


Critical reception


Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an 90% rating with 19 fresh and 2 rotten reviews. Roger Ebert refers to it as "'a film that rebukes the past when it might also have feared the future." Variety described the film as "a rousing and fascinating motion picture [...] roles of Tracy and March equal Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan who collided on evolution [...] a good measure of the film's surface bite is contributed by Gene Kelly as a cynical Baltimore reporter (patterned after Henry L. Mencken) whose paper comes to the aid of the younger teacher played by Dick York. Kelly demonstrates again that even without dancing shoes he knows his way on the screen."


Academy AwardsInherit the Wind was nominated for four Academy Awards but lost all of them.

Award Result Winner
Best Actor Spencer Tracy

Winner was Burt Lancaster - Elmer Gantry
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith

Winner was Richard Brooks - Elmer Gantry
Best Cinematography Ernest Laszlo

Winner was Freddie Francis - Sons and Lovers
Best Film Editing Frederic Knudtson

Winner was Daniel Mandell - The Apartment

  • Nominated: Best Film
  • Nominated: Best Foreign Actor (March and Tracy)

Berlin International Film Festival

Golden Globes
  • Nominated:Best Film
  • Nominated:Best Actor (Tracy)


  1. Inherit the Wind Comes to Hollywood - 1960
  2. Inherit the controversy
  3. Roger Ebert Review
  4. Variety review
  5. IMDB list of awards

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