- Alas, Poor Villain: Brady's death is easily the saddest part of the film. He dies on the back of his latest failure, sobbing his eyes out, and stewing in regret over his failed ambitions. It's difficult to watch, even if you didn't like him up to that point.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the actors who starred in the first ever production of the play was named Edward Cullen.
- Misaimed Fandom:
- Implicitly invoked when after he dies in the courtroom, Brady is hailed as a "prophet" by a lady in the crowd based on Drummond's drippingly sarcastic naming of him as such.
- The play/film itself has this going, with most modern audiences taking the Evolution debate aspect at face-value and completely ignoring the larger theme of a community tearing itself apart over matters of belief (and the associated McCarthyism analogy). In response, Jerome Lawrence insisted, "We used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of thought control. It's not about science versus religion. It's about the right to think."
- Retroactive Recognition: Hey, it's Darrin Stevens! Not that one, the real one! Also, Harry Morgan as the judge.
- Romantic Plot Tumor: The film spends an awful lot of time on Rachel, despite the fact that she's by far the most boring character.
- Values Resonance: The evolution/creationist conflicts of the earlier part of the century have been revived in recent years, owing to the increasing political power of the Creationist movement, giving the film's subject matter far more relevance today that it would have had in the 1960s. The play's stance against censorship resonates with the prevailing view today about the importance of free speech. And post-9/11 national security administration has drawn parallels to McCarthyism that gives the film's original message renewed relevance.
YMMV / Inherit the Wind