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Inferno (1953)

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A tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover.


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20th Century-Fox put a lot of eggs in this 1953 film---3-D and stereophonic sound on prints for the few theatres equipped for that sound system in 1953, and the result was possibly the best 3-D film made during the craze. The basically-simple plot, in theory but more than that in execution, concerns a spoiled and alcoholic millionaire, Robert Ryan, who breaks his leg falling off of a horse, and is left to die in the desert by his cheating wife, Rhonda Fleming (born for Technicolor and 3-D), and her lover, William Lundigan. Written by Les Adams <>

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The most breath-taking man hunt that ever criss-crossed out of the screen! See more »


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Release Date:

21 July 1954 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Verhängnisvolle Spuren  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film was originally released in 3D and in stereophonic sound. See more »


Early in the movie, after Robert Ryan has put a splint on his broken leg (which continues to cause him a lot of pain), he takes a small branch and breaks it over the injured leg, seemingly without feeling any pain. See more »


Referenced in Experiments in Love (1977) See more »

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A fine suspense thriller that takes some unexpected turns.
26 October 1998 | by (Brea, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming and Bill Lundigan give outstanding performances in this suspensive thriller that winds up in a struggle to survive in the desert. Originally introduced in 3D in 1953, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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