Inherit the Wind

Air Date: April 4, 2009

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind


INHERIT THE WIND is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, with Spencer Tracy playing a grizzled attorney who takes up the case of a teacher fired for teaching evolution. Frederic March is his Bible-thumping opponent in one of the most celebrated courtroom dramas of all time. Gene Kelly co-stars.

Director: Stanley Kramer

Stanley Kramer rose to prominence as a producer with hits like HIGH NOON, but would go on to direct some of the century’s most important films. Born in New York City in 1913, Kramer got his start as an internship at 20th Century Fox in 1933. After returning from the war, Kramer started his career in earnest by producing CHAMPION, starring Kirk Douglas. Kramer would turn to directing with NOT AS A STRANGER in 1955, a box office hit that has since fallen into obscurity. Kramer went on to direct THE DEFIANT ONES, ON THE BEACH, INHERIT THE WIND, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, Aand GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, among others. In 1961, Kramer received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

©2016 WNET All Rights Reserved.   825 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019