The Scopes Monkey Trial

  • Season 1 , Ep 7
  • 08/20/2013
  • Views: 29,005

When Clarence Darrow's witnesses are dismissed by the judge, he has no choice but to put the opposing attorney, William Jennings Bryan, on the witness stand. (2:40)

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IN WHICH CLARENCE DARROWASKED SCIENTISTS TO EXPLAIN

THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION.

BUT THE JUDGEIN THE SCOPES MONKEY TRIAL

WAS JOHN RAULSTON,AND HE BELIEVED...

- I HAVE BEEN CALLED ONBY GOD

TO BE THE JUDGEIN THIS CASE.

SO I DON'T CARE WHAT ALLTHESE SCIENTISTS HAVE TO SAY.

THEY CAN'T GIVE TESTIMONY.

- SO CLARENCE DARROW DECIDED...

- OKAY, ALL OF MY WITNESSES,THEY CAN'T GIVE TESTIMONY,

SO I'LL ASK SOMEONEWHO'S AN EXPERT ON THE BIBLE

TO GIVE THE TESTIMONY.

HEY...

[laughs]WHAT WAS YOUR NAME? BRYAN.

I KNOW YOU'RE ONTHE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CASE,

BUT WHY DON'T YOU GOON THE WITNESS STAND,

AND I'LL QUESTION YOUABOUT THE BIBLE.

- NOW, WILLIAMS JENNING BRYANWAS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

HE WAS, LIKE...- OH, MY GOD.

I'M GONNA DESTROY YOUAS A WITNESS.

I WILL GOON THE WITNESS STAND.

- NOW, THE JUDGE DIDN'T WANT HIMTO DO THIS.

THE JUDGE WAS PRESI--PRESIDENTIAL.

[laughs]

[laughing]

WHEN CLARENCE DARROW PUTSWILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN

ON THE BIBLE, HE ASKS...

- DO YOU BELIEVE ALL THE STORIESOF THE BIBLE LITERALLY?

- AND THE FIRST ANSWEROF WILLIAMS JENNING BRYAN IS...

- YES. THE BIBLE IS LITERAL.I BELIEVE IN IT LITERALLY.

- AND THEN, ASKING HIMSPECIFIC QUESTIONS...

- WHERE DID CAIN'S WIFECOME FROM?

HE MADE ADAM AND EVE,AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN

THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE,AND CAIN FINDS A WIFE.

WHERE DID--WHERE DID CAIN'S WIFE COME FROM?

- WILLIAMS JENNING BRYANGETS FLUSTERED AND SAYS...

- WELL, I--I LEAVE THATUP TO YOU AGNOSTICS TO FIND OUT.

- THAT'S ALL CLARENCE DARROWNEEDED.

- SO YOU'RE NOT INTERPRETINGTHE BIBLE LITERALLY.

AND HE GOES ON TO DESTROY

WILLIAMS JENNINGS BRYANON FACTS.

- GREAT.ARE YOU STILL SPINNING,

OR HOW DO YOU FEEL?

- WELL, I'M...

- I'M DIZZY.- MM-HMM.

- I FEEL WEIRD.

I FEEL LIKE I THINK I KNOWWHERE I'M GOING, AND THEN...

- I GET UTTERLY CONFUSEDABOUT...

- WHERE I THOUGHTI WAS GOING.

I KNOW...[laughs]

I'M GONNA GET FACEBOOKRESPONSES FOR THIS.

- THIS WAS THE COMPLETEDESTRUCTION

OF WILLIAMS JENNING BRYAN.

AND WILLIAMS JENNING BRYANLOOKS LIKE A FOOL.

BUT WILLIAMS JENNING BRYANKNOWS...

- I HAVE THE MOST AMAZINGCLOSING ARGUMENT TO MAKE.

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