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Dante's Inferno (1935)

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Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the ... See full summary »



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Henry B. Walthall ...
Pop McWade
Alan Dinehart ...
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Alexander Carter (as Scott Beckett)
Robert Gleckler ...
Dancer (as Rita Cansino)
Gary Leon ...
Willard Robertson ...
Inspector Harris
Morgan Wallace ...
Captain Morgan


Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the amusement pier unsafe but Carter bribes him. The pier collapses, leading to the inspector's suicide, injury to Pop McWade, trial for Carter, and Betty's leaving him. Carter starts over with an unsafe floating casino. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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23 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Schiff des Satans  »

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$748,900 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


(red tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Rich Film About The Unscrupulous Rich
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Made at the height of the Great Depression this film is really a shout out to those unscrupulous money makers and a warning that eventually they will pay. When confronted by his Wife about his dirty deeds the Hero/Villain says..."I didn't do anything that any other businessman wouldn't have done".

This is a stand alone film that is unique, off beat, wild and profound. A visual display of a catastrophe of material and man. It is a stunning piece of work that was rarely shown on television and ignored as a bastard child of the bijou. The middle inclusion of a horrific Hell with suffering half-naked souls and with haunting, chilling musical accompaniment is partly responsible.

There are three set pieces in this remarkable movie that are unforgettable and the story of greed and decadence is timeless. This is a one of a kind, disturbing adventure put together with excellent special effects, costumes, and sets. An underrated, overlooked antique piece of propagandized art that remains relevant. "things don't change, the behavior of men remains the same throughout history", says the old man. Amen.

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