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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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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) See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

In 1948 Spencer Tracy said, "Rita Hayworth's first film was 'Dante's Inferno,' the last one I made at Fox under my old contract and one of the worst pictures ever made anywhere, anytime. The fact that she survived in films after that screen debut is testament enough that she deserves all the recognition she's getting now." 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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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
Played on a hurdy-gurdy for the wedding photograph
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Making Money With Hell
2 December 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dante's Inferno was Spencer Tracy's final film for Fox before settling in at MGM where his career really took off. It was probably one of the biggest budget films Fox had ever done up to that time with two disasters and a dream sequence of hell.

Tracy plays a ship stoker and would be con man who gets fired off his ship for malingering. Down on his luck, kindly old Henry B. Walthall who owns a sideshow attraction at a carnival midway takes him in and Walthall's daughter Claire Trevor falls for him.

Spence is nothing if not determined to make something of himself and he becomes a rich man in the amusement game. But his ethics leave a lot to be desired.

The title is not Dante Alighieri's famous poetic saga of his journey through hell, but it's the name of the exhibit that Walthall owns. It's 'educational' but Tracy starts on his road to financial success by glamorizing the more prurient aspects of it.

The Inferno catches fire and there's a climatic ship's fire as well that Cecil B. DeMille could not have staged better. One wishes the film had been in color for that as well as the imaginary ten minute journey through hell that Walthall describes to Tracy.

The dancing team on the ship before the fire marks the screen debut of one Marguerite Carmen Cansino or better known as Rita Hayworth. She was quite the dancer on screen as well as in this person's opinion, the biggest sex symbol the screen ever knew.

Dante's Inferno was a fine film for Tracy to leave Fox with. But it would have astonished the executives at Fox if they could have imagined the career direction it would take at MGM.


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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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