Inherit the wind is a play dramatizing the hillsboro monkey trial, in a small american town called hillsboro, state unnamed, in the 1950s this trial is based on some historical facts of the scopes monkey trial, which occurred in dayton, tennessee, in 1925, and which brought william jennings bryant. Teacher bt cates is arrested for teaching darwin's theories famous lawyer henry drummond defends him fundamentalist politician matthew brady prosecutes this is a very thinly disguised rendition of the 1925 scopes monkey trial with debates between clarence darrow and william jennings bryan taken largely from the transcripts. The play opens outside the hillsboro courthouse, where the trial of bertram cates, the accused biology teacher, will be held the prosecutor, matthew harrison brady, is a renowned jurist who twice. In that play, a teacher named bertram cates is put on trial for teaching darwinian evolution, which flies in the face of biblical scripture a countering argument to the theory of evolution, which posits that a common ancestor of all life on earth emerged between 35 and 38 billions years ago, is the religious notion that god created the world.
Drummond is portrayed as involved in the trial out of a desire to prevent cates from being jailed by bigots in reality scopes was never in danger of being jailed in his autobiography and in a letter to hl mencken, darrow later acknowledged that he took part in the trial simply to attack bryan and the fundamentalists. The evolution vs creationism argument is at the center of the jerome lawrence-robert e lee broadway play inherit the wind lawrence and lee's inspiration was the 1925 monkey trial, in which. Reviews and discussion of inherit the wind, a play and movie based on the scopes trial inherit the wind & the scopes monkey trial check-out the new famous trials website at wwwfamous-trialscom . Immediately following bertram cates' arrest (by way of outstanding editing) we are made privy to a town meeting where newspapers from all over the country making fun of the monkey trial are being discussed - with outrage.
Inherit the wind the main theme of inherit the wind by jerome lawrence and robert e lee is taking a stand the play begins in hillsboro, tennessee when a man named bertram cates breaks the law by teaching the forbidden darwin's theory. Dick york is the biology teacher here, renamed bertram cates for the play and the film version of that play in fact all the names of the dramatis personae of the scopes trial have been changed to allow some creativity by the authors jerome lawrence and robert lee. Inherit the wind is an american play by jerome lawrence and robert e lee, which debuted in 1955the story fictionalizes the 1925 scopes monkey trial as a means to discuss the then-contemporary mccarthy trials.
The 1955 classic, written by jerome lawrence and robert e lee, is loosely based on the scopes monkey trial in tennessee where a high school science teacher was accused of teaching charles. Persecutor of bertram cates during the scopes monkey trial, biblical expert, god's self proclaimed prophet, died 5 days after the trial three time loser of presidential campaign. Based on jerome lawrence and robert e lee's successful 1955 play, stanley kramer's inherit the wind (1960) is perhaps the most well-known dramatization of the 1925 scopes monkey trial and one of his most enduring message pictures. Inherit the wind is a parable that fictionalizes the 1925 scopes monkey trial as a means to discuss mccarthyism written in response to the chilling effect of the mccarthy era investigations on intellectual discourse, the film (like the play) is critical of creationism. In hillsboro tennessee, science teacher bertram t cates has been arrested and charged with violating a recently passed law that prohibits the teaching of anything other than the biblical view of creation in state schools.
Inherit the wind'' is a marvelous example that freedom of thought is important for not just the selected few but for everyone there are many electrifying moments in this show especially in the trial sequences and the minister and his daughter's argument and the daughter and brady's wife's argument scene. In the scopes monkey trial, scopes was found guilty mainly because his lawyer, darrow, did not want him to win, but to have been dealt with in a higher court in the playwright inherit the wind, cates lawyer did not prove him to be guilty like it occurred in real life. The author summarizes and comments on the play 'inherit the wind' by jerome lawrence and robert e lee this drama is based on the 1925 'monkey trial' which took place in dayton, tennessee. With: henry drummond - jack lemmon matthew harrison brady - george c scott sarah brady - piper laurie ek hornbeck - beau bridges bertram cates - tom everett scott judge merle coffey - john. Teacher bertram cates (well-played by bob lively) has been put on trial for teaching darwin's theory of evolution to his students matthew harrison brady, a former presidential candidate, is the attorney for the prosecution.
At the center of the story is bertram cates, a young teacher arrested for teaching darwin to his science classes he becomes the center of a controversial trial that pits religious fundamentalism. ★★★★★ based on the scopes monkey trial of 1925 and adapted from jerome lawrence and robert edwin lee's play of the same name, stanley kramer's 1960 film is a searing indictment of religious fundamentalism and anti-intellectualism. Bertram cates was put on trial for teaching evolution in hillsboro, tenne i enjoyed this book, because it had a lot to do with debating the book was full of excitement and kept me on my feet on what was going to happen next. Howard blair was a witness in the scopes monkey trial he gave testimony against mr cates he was 13 the day of the trial john scopes was accused of breaking the butler law in dayton, tn after he read about charles darwins theory of evolution from his state-approved textbook bertram cates was.
Inherit the wind (1960) is an award-winning dramatized account of the now-famous 1925 scopes monkey trial dick york plays schoolteacher bertram cates (mirroring the real-life john scopes) police.