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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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

According to a 28 July 1935 "New York Times" article, there were 4,950 technicians, architects, artists, carpenters, stone masons and laborers, 250 electricians and 3,000 extras in the Inferno scene. A total of 300,000 feet of film was shot, which was whittled down to a manageable 8000 feet by editor Alfred DeGaetano. A total of 14,000 people worked on the film. See more »

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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

Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) 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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wild film
22 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy travels the seven rungs of hell in "Dante's Inferno," a 1935 film costarring Claire Trevor and notable for a dance sequence featuring Rita Hayworth, still Rita Cansino. I actually hadn't realized Hayworth was in the film, but when I saw the dancer's smile, I recognized her immediately.

Tracy plays a man who lucks into carnival barking as a result of meeting a man, played by Henry B. Walthall, who runs a concession known as "Dante's Inferno." Walthall soon becomes Tracy's father-in-law, and Tracy becomes a successful businessman. He launches a huge, gaudy Inferno employing ruthless means to get the property. Though a wonderful husband and father, in his corporate world, he stops at nothing to get what he wants, including cheating, bribery, and ignoring possible dangers. The consequences are disastrous.

The film has an obvious allegory, and I'm still laughing at a previous poster who noted that when Walthall goes through a book with Tracy and the seven rungs of hell come to life, everyone had great physiques so hell must not take chubsters! It's true! Other than hell's preference for perfect 10s, the effects are amazing - the Inferno concession, the images in the book that come to life, and the fantastic ship scene which uses the Inferno images to great effect.

Spencer Tracy is excellent in his role, a tender dad, sweet husband and cruel businessman all at the same time. Claire Trevor is young and lovely and provides strong support for Tracy.

A very interesting film and highly recommended.


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