The 1925 Scopes Trial is the basis for Inherit The Wind. Bertram T.Cates (Dick York) is a young teacher on trial for his instruction of Darwin's theory of relativity in a small Southern town. Attorney Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) is called to defend the young scholar against the wave of fundamentals Bible belt conservatism. Matthew H. Brady (Fredric March) is the popular three time presidential candidate prosecuting Cates. In sweltering heat, the esteemed attorneys engage in gripping courtroom drama. Gene Kelly plays a cynical newspaper reporter covering the historic proceedings.