One-Liner Wednesday — The Monkey Trial

This is a bit more than one line. “Inherit the Wind” is one of the best movies of its kind ever made. If you have not yet seen it, I highly recommend it. Not only is it brilliantly acted, directed with a script right out of the actual trial, but it is so “now.” It ought to be “old” but it’s as current as today’s headlines.

Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy and needs feeding …
— Clarence Darrow

The script for “Inherit the Wind” (Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, and Gene Kelly) is largely based on the actual Scopes “Monkey Trial”  held in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee.

Inherit the Wind” (1960) was directed by Stanley Kramer. The trial was held in Dayton, Tennessee because teaching evolution had been banned by the state’s Butler Act.

You would think that we would have come a long way since then … and we did. We passed some good legislation. Civil rights and all that. We eliminated the legalized part of our national evil. But then, we started doubling back.

We’re heading down a bleak, dark road. Again. Apparently, we lack a national memory of having been here before and it ends badly. It always ends badly.

A nation led by hatred, ignorance, and fear is not seeking a happy ending.

Categories: Ethics and Philosophy, film, Film Review, History, Movies, Politics, Religion

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13 replies

  1. Burt Lancaster won the award that year for Elmer Gantry.


  2. Loved the movie! It was incredible. Not many could equal or surpass the excellence provided all the way around!


  3. You’re right Marilyn…


  4. My favorite line, which I have used over and over:

    Well, there is always hope, you honor.”

    Lot’s of other good lines in the movie, but I like that one the best


  5. And it always ends the worst for that nation’s most vulnerable. 😦



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