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Dante's Inferno Details

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Jim Carter
Claire Trevor
as Betty McWade
Rita Hayworth
as Specialty Dancer
Alan Dinehart
as Jonesy
Scotty Beckett
as Alexander Carter
Robert Gleckler
as Dean
Willard Robertson
as Inspector Harris
Morgan Wallace
as Capt. Morgan
Astrid Allwyn
Don Ameche
as Man in Stokehold
Oscar Apfel
as Williams
Gertrude Astor
Frank Austin
as Photographer
Yakima Canutt
as Stokers on the Paradise
Ruth Clifford
as Mrs. Gray
Frank Conroy
as Defense Attorney
Ray "Crash" Corrigan
Jay Eaton
Jean Fenwick
as Group in Boiler Room
Bud Geary
as Park Attendant
Kenneth Gibson
as Assistant Purser
Robert Graves
as Drunks in Cabin
Hale Hamilton
as Wallace
Russell Hicks
as Prosecuting Attorney
Harry Holman
as Jolly Fat Man
George Humbert
as Tony
Warren Hymer
as Bozo, the Stoker
George Irving
as Judge
Gardner James
as Radio Operator
Noble Johnson
as The Devil
Andrea Leeds
as Anna
Cliff Lyons
George Magrill
Paul McVey
as Assistant
Edward McWade
as Professor of Anatomy
George Meeker
Frank Moran
as Mike, the Stoker
Jack Norton
Dennis O'Keefe
Edward Pawley
as Clinton
Barbara Pepper
Jayne Regan
as College Girl
Constantine Romanoff
Reginald Sheffield
as Bidder
Ruthelma Stevens
as Girls in Stoke-Hold
Harry Strang
Charles Sullivan
as Drunken Sailor
Eddie Tamblyn
as Page Boy
Richard Tucker
as Mr. Hamilton
Maidel Turner
as Mme. Zucchini
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Hamilton
Henry B. Walthall
as Pop McWade
Charles Wilson
as Police Inspector
Harry Woods
as 2nd Officer Reynolds
Bud Geary
as Park Attendant
Eddie Tamblyn
as Page Boy
Charles Wilson
as Police Inspector
Frank Moran
as Mike, the Stoker
Henry B. Walthall
as Pop McWade
Charles Sullivan
as Drunken Sailor
Richard Tucker
as Mr. Hamilton
Russell Hicks
as Prosecuting Attorney
Yakima Canutt
as Stokers on the Paradise
George Irving
as Judge
Ruth Clifford
as Mrs. Gray
Oscar Apfel
as Williams
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Hamilton
Reginald Sheffield
as Bidder
Andrea Leeds
as Anna
Noble Johnson
as The Devil
Ruthelma Stevens
as Girls in Stoke-Hold
Warren Hymer
as Bozo, the Stoker
Frank Conroy
as Defense Attorney
Don Ameche
as Man in Stokehold
Maidel Turner
as Mme. Zucchini
Kenneth Gibson
as Assistant Purser
Paul McVey
as Assistant
Robert Graves
as Drunks in Cabin
Harry Holman
as Jolly Fat Man
Jayne Regan
as College Girl
Jean Fenwick
as Group in Boiler Room
Edward Pawley
as Clinton
Edward McWade
as Professor of Anatomy
Gardner James
as Radio Operator
Frank Austin
as Photographer
George Humbert
as Tony
Hale Hamilton
as Wallace

Crew

Harry Lachman
Director
Sol Wurtzel
Producer
Robert Yost
Screenwriter
Cyrus Wood
Screen Story
Rudolph Maté
Cinematographer
Samuel Kaylin
Composer (Music Score)
Samuel Kaylin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Brunelli
Composer (Music Score)
Ern Westmore
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