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Inherit The Wind

Released 1960
Distributor United Artists

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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About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.