The Daily Movie Quote: Inherit the Wind

Spencer Tracy, Harry Morgan and Fredric March in Inherit the Wind
Spencer Tracy, Harry Morgan and Fredric March in Inherit the Wind

"I do hateful things for which people love me, and I do lovable things for which they hate me. I'm admired for my detestability. Now don't worry, little Eva. I may be rancid butter, but I'm on your side of the bread." - E.K. Hornbeck - Inherit the Wind (1960)

United Artists, Unrated, 128 minutes.

Directed By: Stanley Kramer

Cast:

Spencer Tracy - Henry Drummond

Fredric March - Matthew Harrison Brady

Gene Kelly - E.K. Hornbeck

Dick York - Bertram T. Cates

Donna Anderson - Rachael Brown

Harry Morgan - Judge Mel Coffey

Claude Akins - Reverand Jeremiah Brown

Domestic Box Office Gross: Unavailable

Synopsis - Inherit the Wind is based on the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" in which a teacher is arrested for teaching Darwin's evolution theory. Two prominent attorneys, along with media from all over the country, descend on the small town of Hillsboro, to battle each other and creationism versus evolution in this courtroom drama.

Fact: The title is taken from a bible quote in Proverbs, 11:29, "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."

Trivia: Henry Drummond is based on Clarrence Darrow, Matthew Harrison Brady on William Jennings Bryan Bertram Cates on John Thomas Scopes and E.K. Hornbeck on journalist H.L. Mencken.

Movie Mistake: E.K. Hornbeck hands a defendant a picture of a stick figure swinging from the gallows. In the next cut the defendant is holding a cup of coffee, not the paper.

My Take: This is one of my top three favorite courtroom drama's along side "A Few Good Men" and "12 Angry Men". I also highly recommend seeing the stage version as well should it play at your community theater.

Related Hubs: A Historical Perspective on the Scopes Monkey Trial

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