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Dante's Inferno (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 23 August 1935 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Pop McWade
Alexander Carter (as Scott Beckett)
Robert Gleckler ...
Dancer (as Rita Cansino)
Inspector Harris
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Schiff des Satans  »

Box Office


$748,900 (estimated)

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(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


(red tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spencer Tracy's erratic behavior on this film helped seal his fate with 20th Century-Fox. During filming Tracy disappeared from the set for weeks while on a drunken binge. He reportedly also showed up to the set one day surly and hung over and fell asleep in the "Manhattan apartment" set. The studio locked the stage while he was still asleep; Tracy woke up in a rage,and started destroying sets, reportedly causing thousands of dollars worth of damage for which the studio billed him. See more »


Dean: There's nothing left for me now, but Hell. I thought you might like to watch me go there.
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The Wedding March
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A Glimpse Of Hades
14 February 2006 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An amusement pier attraction based on DANTE'S INFERNO helps change the life of an unscrupulous concessionaire.

Spencer Tracy dominates this nifty little drama, which keeps its audience satisfied with good acting and special effects. Two disasters (the first on the pier and the second aboard a luxury party liner) add punch to the plot. Between them comes a remarkable 9-minute tour into the depths of the real Inferno, populated by scores of naked extras writhing in anguish. The Depression Era viewers which first saw this film certainly got their money's worth.

Tracy, always entertaining as he schemes & plots his way to unsavory success, is well served by his supporting players: lovely Claire Trevor as his loyal wife; gaunt Henry B. Walthall as Trevor's saintly father; little Scotty Beckett (one of the OUR GANG kids) as Tracy's innocent son; and Alan Dinehart as a faithful friend. That's Rita Hayworth as the featured dancer aboard the S.S. Paradise.

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