Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 17, 1960

Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer; United Artists). On July 10, 1925, at the height of a heat wave that fairly boiled the Coca-Cola in the jury's veins, a 24-year-old school teacher named John Thomas Scopes went on trial in the hill-country town of Dayton, Tenn. ("the buckle of the Bible Belt") while half the world wondered and a fair cross-section of it sat sweating in the courtroom. The charge: that Schoolteacher Scopes, by propounding Darwin's theory of evolution to his classes, had violated a Tennessee statute that refused him the right "to teach any...

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