Here it is: the original Bible-versus-evolution trial.In 1925, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, two of the greatest lawyers ever, joined battle in the case of a young schoolmaster charged with teaching the theory of evolution. An historic and very entertaining trial resulted.More
In 1925, the sleepy town of Dayton, Tennessee was the scene of one of the most famous trials in American history, when high-school teacher John Scopes was tried for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in his classroom.
Edgar Lustgarten’s dramatization The Monkeyville Case takes us into the courtroom, where the famous litigators Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan waged their rhetorical battle for science and the bible, respectively.
Lustgarten’s performance of his work and point of view is distinctly British, but the performances of Ohio-born defense attorney Darrow and Illinois-born prosecutor Bryan, in heated courtroom exchanges, are both convincing and regionally appropriate. This dramatization is sure to delight history buffs and fans of courtroom procedurals.
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