Carl Laemmle

Carl Laemmle was a founder and president of Universal Pictures Corporation. In 1931 Clarence Darrow narrated and appeared in a film about evolution titled "Mystery of Life" that was distributed by Carl Laemmle. The film also featured Howard Madison Parshley, a professor at Smith College from 1917 until 1952, who was for many years chairman of its Zoology Department. Smith wrote the screenplay and during the movie explained scientific and biological concepts and Darrow would then add his own remarks. The movie was popular and favorably reviewed although some found it controversial. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-27254.