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Dante's Inferno1935

Dante's Inferno (1935)





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Carnival barker Spencer Tracy befriends elderly concessionaire Henry B. Walthall, who owns a picturesque but stodgy display depicting Dante's Inferno. Walthall is more interested in the spiritual aspects of Man's fascination with Hell, but Tracy uses hoopla and exaggeration to get the suckers into the Inferno. His interest isn't altruistic; Tracy is enamored of Walthall's niece, Claire Trevor. Through his publicity savvy, Tracy builds the Inferno into a major attraction, complete with full orchestra and scantily clad "devil girls". He also buys up the rest of the carnival, using cold-blooded tactics that result in the suicide of a fellow concessionaire. Within five years, Tracy is a millionaire tycoon of the Entertainment industry. While loved by his wife (Trevor) and son (Scotty Beckett), Tracy conducts his business ruthlessly, bribing a city official to look the other way regarding structural defects in his Inferno display. When this duplicity results in a disastrous accident at the exhibit, the bribed official kills himself. Tracy is exonerated thanks to legal chicanery, but his wife is fed up; she walks out on him, taking their son along. Injured in the accident, Inferno creator H. B. Walthall warns Tracy of the pitfalls of success, using an illustrated edition of Dante to make his point. For nearly ten minutes, the movie audience is treated to a lavish depiction of Hell, magnificently photographed by Rudolph Mate. When the plot resumes, Tracy is on hand for his latest venture, a sumptuous gambling ship. Thanks to the drunken negligence of the crew, the ship catches fire, and it is only upon learning that his son has sneaked aboard that Tracy realizes the consequences of his greed. Tracy labors heroically to rescue the passengers--and, incidentally, to atone for his past sins.


Spencer Tracy
as Jim Carter
Claire Trevor
as Betty McWade
Astrid Allwyn
as Girl in Stoke-Hold
Ruthelma Stevens
as Girl in Stoke-Hold
Joe Brown
as Baseball Concessionaire
Maidel Turner
as Mme. Zucchini
Don Ameche
as Man in Stokehold
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Hamilton
Lita Chevret
as Mrs. Martin
Richard Tucker
as Mr. Hamilton
Morgan Wallace
as Capt. Morgan
Harry Woods
as 2nd Officer Reynolds
Gary De Leon
as Specialty Dancer
Rita Hayworth
as Specialty Dancer
Ruth Clifford
as Mrs. Gray
George Chan
as Concessionaire
Dorothy Dix
as Ticket Seller
Hal Boyer
as College Boy
J. Lloyd
as College Boy
Jayne Regan
as College Girl
James Gardner
as Radio Operator
Jerry Gamble
as Spieler
Edward McWade
as Professor of Anatomy
Patricia Caron
as Sailor's Girl
Ronnie Rondell
as Ticket Buyer
Harry Schultz
as Concessionaire
Gertrude Astor
as Concessionaires' Wife
Tiny Jones
as Concessionaires' Wife
Frank Austin
as Photographer
Frank Moran
as Mike, the Stoker
Kenneth Gibson
as Assistant Purser
Harold Miller
as Person in Boiler Room
Barrett Whitelaw
as Person in Boiler Room
Jean Fenwick
as Person in Boiler Room
Warren Hymer
as Bozo, the Stoker
Paul Schwegeler
as The Devil
Noble Johnson
as The Devil
Lorna Lowe
as Cleopatra
Paul McVey
as Assistant
Charles Sullivan
as Drunken Sailor
Leone Lane
as Borgia
Juana Sutton
as Catherine de Medici
Gail Goodson
as Little Bo Peep
Eve Kimberly
as Oriental Maid
Jay Eaton
as Bidder
Maude Truax
as Fat Dowager
Oscar Apfel
as Williams
Willard Robertson
as Insp. Harris
Charles C. Wilson
as Police Inspector
John McGuire
as Wireless Operator
Bob McKee
as Wireless Operator's Assistant
George Meeker
as Drunk at Ship's Cafe
Barbara Pepper
as Drunk at Ship's Cafe
Lloyd Pantages
as Drunk at Ship's Cafe
Eddie Tamblyn
as Page Boy
Jack Norton
as Drunk in Cabin
Robert Graves
as Drunk in Cabin
Harry Holman
as Jolly Fat Man
Harry Strang
as Ship's Officer
George Magrill
as Ship's Officer
Paul Palmer
as Ship's Officer
Bud Geary
as Park Attendant
Billie Huber
as Married Woman
Paddy O'Flynn
as Married Man
Marion Ladd
as Bits--New Inferno
Robert Ross
as Court Clerk
Russell Hicks
as Prosecuting Attorney
Frank Conroy
as Defense Attorney
Cliff Lyons
as Stoker on the Paradise
Yakima Canutt
as Stoker on the Paradise
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