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Inferno (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 21 July 1954 (Sweden)
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.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writer:

Francis M. Cockrell (as Francis Cockrell)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Ryan ... Donald Whitley Carson III
Rhonda Fleming ... Geraldine Carson
William Lundigan ... Joseph Duncan
Larry Keating ... Dave Emory
Henry Hull ... Sam Elby
Carl Betz ... Lt. Mike Platt
Robert Burton ... Sheriff
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The wonder of 3-D STEREOPHONIC SOUND The marvel of 3-D Color by TECHNICOLOR ENHANCED A THOUSANDFOLD! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Verhängnisvolle Spuren See more »

Filming Locations:

Apple Valley, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Twentieth Century-Fox's first 3D film. See more »

Goofs

About 2.5 minutes into the movie, the lover changes from street shoes to boots, attempting to plant a false trail. He first changes his right shoe and then hands a second right shoe to the wife. See more »

Quotes

Donald Whitley Carson III: [after finding water in a cactus] This stuff's a great discovery. Just sit there and work on it all day and you can get enough juice to sit there and work on it all day.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a 3D version. See more »

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Remade as Ordeal (1973) See more »

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Worth your time should be better known
14 September 2006 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

Pretty inventive script, Robert Ryan helps pull off quite a bit of voice over dialog, nice photography, (I did see it in 3D) well paced there are a number of clever script/plot elements that keep it going and a great fight scene(which features most of the 3D Fx in the movie).

Sort of a desert Film Noir really, well directed by the mostly always good Roy (Ward) Baker this holds up. There is constant cross cutting between Ryan's plight in the desert and the two villains swimming or eating and drinking that really builds your hatred of them and your siding with Ryan.

No mamsey pamsey character softening here, which keeps it tough, but reality based, throughout. It's not a cartoon at any moment which can happen with B films. Though also perhaps the limited character development keeps it slightly in the programmer category. Good music score by Paul Sawtell as well. This movie moves quickly doesn't have the soapy elements, or bloated running time, that killed off many color crime films in the 1950's.


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