The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library hosts a weekly series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The Friday night movies are screened at 7 p.m. For August, the theme is Courtroom Drama.

The month’s series will open Aug. 5 with “Inherit the Wind.” Spencer Tracy (in an Oscar-nominated role) and Fredric March square off as opposing attorneys Henry Drummond and Matthew Harrison Brady, respectively, in this blistering courtroom drama about the famed 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial in which a Tennessee teacher was taken to task for teaching Darwinism in the classroom. The film also earned Oscar nods for its editing, screenplay and cinematography. Gene Kelly co-stars as a newspaper reporter and “Bewitched” fans will recognize the teacher, Dick York.

Directed by Stanley Kramer, the nonrated “Inherit the Wind” was filmed in 1960 and runs 128 minutes. Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 12, “Witness for the Prosecution”; Aug. 19, “The Incident”; and Aug. 26, “12 Angry Men.”

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Academy building is handicap accessible by the elevator off the rear parking lot. The Hallway Books bookshop will be open on the first floor before the movie. For more information, call 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to