Inherit the Wind stars some of the greatest actors ever to grace the screen, Spencer Tracy as lawyer Henry Drummond, Fredric March as his friend and rival Matthew Harrison Brady, also featuring Gene Kelly, Dick York, Harry Morgan, and Claude Akins. Yes, for years as a young boy I thought this film was the true account of the “Scopes Monkey Trials” only later as an adult did I realize this was a fictionalization, and actually more of a metaphor for McCarthyism. Regardless of it’s intent, Inherit the Wind is one of the best films made. Specer Tracy is, as always spectacular and his supporting cast are just as good.
Directed by one of the all time great directors, Stanley Kramer, whose notable films include High Noon (1952, as producer), The Defiant Ones (1958), On the Beach (1959), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Ship of Fools (1965) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). Kramer was responsible for making many of Hollywood’s most famous “message movies”, and becoming one of the nation’s most respected filmmakers.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, Best Actor (Tracy), Best Writing, Best Cinemotgraphy and Best Film Editing. it will always be at the top of my favorite list.