Classic Film Friday: ‘Inherit the Wind’

On Friday, October 4, the public is invited to enjoy another installment of the Sippican Historical Society’s popular program, Classic Film Friday. Co-sponsoring the film series is the Marion Council on Aging. One Friday each month, the organizations present a classic movie and offer a discussion on its historical context or significance. October’s selection is “Inherit the Wind.” Directed and produced by Stanley Kramer, it features the tremendous talents of two double-Oscar winners, Spencer Tracy and Frederic March, in their only film together.

This 1960 film, based on the play of the same name, is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, in which a Tennessee high school teacher was convicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to his science class. The film’s characters correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, John T. Scopes, and H. L. Mencken. Also featuring Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan and Dick York, Inherit the Wind received four Academy Award nominations.

Classic Film Friday presentations are held at the Marion Music Hall (164 Front Street) and are offered free of charge to the public. Films begin at 7:00 pm, and refreshments are available. For more information, contact the SHS at (508)748-1116.

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