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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on "a weak trailer for a fine film," Stanley Kramer's 'Inherit the Wind'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood March 20, 2013 at 2:16PM

Monkeyshines! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Stanley Kramer's multiple Oscar nominee "Inherit the Wind," starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly verbally duking it out during a fictionalized account of the Scopes monkey trial.
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"Inherit the Wind"
"Inherit the Wind"

Monkeyshines! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Stanley Kramer's multiple Oscar nominee "Inherit the Wind," starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly verbally duking it out during a fictionalized account of the Scopes monkey trial.

1960 audiences who saw Stanley Kramer's film version of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's fictionalized 1955 theatrical treatment of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial assumed that its pro-Darwin evolutionary stance was theoretically accepted by the broad population. But over 50 years later we find, incredibly, that the argument is still not settled. A 1988 tv movie remake starred Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards, and another in 1999 featured Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. In any case, neither were as effective as Kramer's well-cast production, which was popular in its day and still makes for riveting viewing.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.