- The title of the movie comes from the Book of Proverbs, 11:29: "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."
- Based on the true events of the Scopes Monkey Trial which took place in Dayton, Tennessee in 1925.
- Was the first in-flight movie ever shown on Trans World Airlines.
- When Stanley Kramer offered the role of E.K. Hornbeck to Gene Kelly, Kelly initially turned it down. When he found out that his co-stars would be Fredric March and Spencer Tracy, Kelly changed his mind.
- To heighten the tension of Spencer Tracy's final summation to the jury, the scene was filmed in a single take.
- Lawrece and Lee called the over-zealous prosecutor "Matthew Brady". When Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was tried for manslaughter three times in 1921/22, the real over-zealous prosecutor San Francisco District Attorney was called Matthew Brady
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