Absorbing, if long-winded courtroom drama bolstered by two fine central performances from Tracy and March.
In the summer of 1925 the sovereign state of Tennessee played host to one of the most spectacular and ludicrous court trials in the history of American jurisprudence. A teacher named John T. Scopes had been arrested for teaching Darwin's theories of evolution in a public school, thus violating a
state law. Prosecuting Scopes was the Rock of Ages fundamentalist, William Jennings Bryan, and defending him was the champion of liberal thinking, Clarence Darrow.
Producer-director Kramer used this high-voltage "Monkey Trial," as it came to be known, as the bas...