Inherit the Wind

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Happy Birthday Gene Kelly! (August 23, 1912 - February 2, 1996)

"There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy."

- Gene Kelly

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Above is the original Stage Manager’s script from the 1955 Broadway production of Inherit the Wind

The iconic courtroom drama ran for 806 shows at the National Theatre (now Nederlander) before closing in June of 1957.

The fictional play is based on the unfortunate and very real story of a Tennessee high-school teacher who, in 1925, was put on trial for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

An equally dramatic and “winded” trailer for the 1960 film adaptation can be seen here.

Can’t you understand - that if you take a law like evolution and you make it a crime to teach it in the public schools, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools? And tomorrow you may make it a crime to read about it. And soon you may ban books and newspapers. And then you may turn Catholic against Protestant, and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the mind of man. If you can do one, you can do the other. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we’ll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind!
—  Henry Drummond (Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith, Inherit the Wind)