INHERIT THE WIND
1960, Park Circus/MGM, 128 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly propel this classic courtroom drama about the heated prosecution and defense of a science teacher who dared to teach Darwin's evolutionary theory in a classroom. Science and religion go head-to-head in some of the most memorable performances in film history. Nominated for Best Actor (Spencer Tracy), Cinematography, and Screenplay at the 1961 Academy Awards.


DEATH OF A SALESMAN
1951, Sony Repertory, 105 min, Finland , Dir: Laslo Benedek

Stanley Kramer produced this adaptation of Arthur Miller's landmark play, in which aging failure Willy Loman (Fredric March) looks back on his life as it slips away. A stellar supporting cast that includes Kevin McCarthy, Mildred Dunnock and Cameron Mitchell brings Miller's bleak vision to life, aided by director Laslo Benedek's evocative and claustrophobic visual style. Benedek, March and McCarthy each won Golden Globes, as did Franz Planer for the film’s B&W cinematography.


THE DEFIANT ONES
1958, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Racist jailbird Tony Curtis finds himself chained body and soul to fellow convict Sidney Poitier, in director Stanley Kramer’s stark, bare-knuckled prison-break drama. Curtis’ fierce, hardened performance here is among his finest – as blunt and unforgiving as anything by De Niro or Keitel in the ’70s.


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