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Dante's Inferno (1924)

The tactics of a vicious slumlord and greedy businessman finally drive a distraught man to commit suicide. The businessman is tried for murder and executed, and is afterward taken by demons... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Otto

Writers:

Cyrus Wood (original story), Edmund Goulding (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Lewis ... The Man - Mortimer Judd
Winifred Landis Winifred Landis ... The Wife - Mrs. Judd
William Scott ... The Son - Ernest Judd
Pauline Starke ... The Nurse - Marjorie Vernon
Josef Swickard ... The Victim - Eugene Craig
Gloria Grey ... The Daughter - Mildred Craig
Lorimer Johnston ... The Doctor - Dr. Joseph
Lawson Butt ... Dante
Howard Gaye Howard Gaye ... Virgil
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The tactics of a vicious slumlord and greedy businessman finally drive a distraught man to commit suicide. The businessman is tried for murder and executed, and is afterward taken by demons to the Hell where he will spend the rest of eternity. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Picture The World Is Waiting for (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 24 September 1924) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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An incomplete nitrate print (missing Reel 2 out of five reels) survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation. See more »

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Features Dante's Inferno (1911) See more »

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Scrooge's Inferno
11 June 2001 | by Henry-59See all my reviews

It may not be possible to bring the Inferno to the screen: too much depends on Dante's poetry, not to mention familiarity with all of the classical and contemporary references that mean so much to the poet's journey. But the people who made this film didn't even try; instead, they gave us a version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with a little diluted Sinclair Lewis thrown in, relocated in 1920's America. Yes we do get some scenes from the Inferno, but all the drama of the original has been drained from them: the lustful appear to be merely lounging around in a reddish scene, instead of being caught up in a whirlwind, while the suicides are now thorny bushes with heads, which simply look ridiculous.

But the question remains: could we do better with modern special effects? The danger is that the effects could be too good--Bertran de Born swinging his head like a lantern, Mohammed and the other schismatics split nearly in half, suicides turned into brambles, thieves turned into lizards--leaving the impression that the Inferno is just a series of freak shows, and giving too little importance to the transformation of Dante as he journeys through Hell. Good luck to anyone who tries.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

7 September 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inerno See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$259,784
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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

| (video) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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