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Inherit the Wind

by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee
New York: Bantam Books, 1960. 129 pages.

Opening on Broadway in 1955, Inherit the Wind was intended to indict McCarthy's anticommunism, not Bryan's fundamentalism. Nevertheless, by basing the play loosely on the Scopes trial — Bryan became Brady, Darrow became Drummond, Mencken became Hornbeck, Scopes became Cates, and Dayton became Hillsboro — Lawrence and Lee embedded their vision of the trial in the American popular consciousness. Starring in the 1960 film version — which premiered in Dayton — were Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly.