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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 »

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

Philip Klein (screen play), Robert Yost (screen play) (as Robert M. Yost)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Jim Carter
Claire Trevor ... Betty McWade
Henry B. Walthall ... Pop McWade
Alan Dinehart ... Jonesy
Scotty Beckett ... Alexander Carter (as Scott Beckett)
Robert Gleckler ... Dean
Rita Hayworth ... Dancer (as Rita Cansino)
Gary Leon ... Dancer
Willard Robertson ... Inspector Harris
Morgan Wallace ... Capt. Morgan
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A Startling Drama of Today...and Forever! Timely as Today's News... Eternal With its Challenging Truths! (Print Ad- Rochester Times-Union, ((Rochester NY)) 6 September 1935)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Schiff des Satans See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$748,900 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (red tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rita Hayworth's "official" screen debut was in this film, although two subsequent Fox Films that she made, Under the Pampas Moon (1935) and "Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), were released first. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Dean: There's nothing left for me now, but Hell. I thought you might like to watch me go there.
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Connections

Referenced in Picket Fences: Dante's Inferno (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on a hurdy-gurdy for the wedding photograph
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Enough to Frighten Beelzebub
23 April 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Guess I'll be on my best behavior from now on. If those fiery visions of Hell can intimidate an old heathen like me, think what they'd do at a Pat Robertson film festival. Still and all, those shapely babes doing a nude swan dive into liquid fire (beware sinners!) almost makes me believe misbehavior might be worth it. On the other hand, the many grotesques are enough to scare Beelzebub himself. I don't know how much the studio ponied up for the big scenes, but they're really well done with a cast of thousands amid roaring infernos.

The movie's basically a morality tale, showing one man's (Tracy) ruthless climb from bottom to top and learning his lesson after all. I really like the way Carter ingratiates himself socially into the upper class; just having big bucks is not enough. So he uses is well-honed entrepreneurial skills to grease the wheels. And, thanks reviewer Albertsanders for detailing how the story's basis lies in actual fact, surprising as that may seem.

My only complaint is the miracle ending. It sure doesn't comport with the events aboard ship. My guess is that it was a gesture to the newly formed Production Code. Or maybe it was just pandering to what the studio thinks audiences want. Either way, it undercuts a good story and maybe the best special effects of the time.


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