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Director  Henry Otto
Story by  Dante Alighieri
Duration  
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror
Cinematography  Joseph H. August
Dantes Inferno (1924 film) movie poster
Language  SilentEnglish titles
Writer  Edmund Goulding, Cyrus Wood
Release date  September 7, 1924 (1924-09-07)
Based on  Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Cast  Pauline Starke, Gloria Grey, Ralph Lewis, Josef Swickard, Lon Poff
Similar movies  Dante Alighieri wrote the story for Dantes Inferno and Dantes Inferno: An Animated Epic

Dante's Inferno (1924) is a silent film released by Fox Film Corporation, and adapted from Inferno, part of Dante Alighieri's epic poem The Divine Comedy.

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Plot

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The tactics of a vicious slumlord and greedy businessman finally drive a distraught man to commit suicide. The businessman is tried for murder and executed, and is afterward taken by demons to Hell where he will spend the rest of eternity

Cast

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  • Ralph Lewis - Mortimer Judd
  • Winifred Landis - Mrs. Judd
  • William Scott - Ernest Judd
  • Pauline Starke - Nursei Marjorie Vernon
  • Josef Swickard - Eugene Craig
  • Gloria Grey - Mildred Craig
  • Lorimer Johnston - The doctor
  • Lawson Butt - Dante
  • Howard Gaye - Virgil
  • Carmencita Johnson - Baby
  • Bud Jamison - The butler (uncredited) (*in blackface)
  • Noble Johnson - Devil with lash whipping woman (uncredited)
  • Lon Poff - Secretary (uncredited)
  • Carrie Clark Ward - singer in radio program (uncredited)
  • Preservation status

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    The UCLA Film and Television Archive has an incomplete print, three reels out of a total of five reels. A print of the film reportedly also survives at the Museum of Modern Art. Some of the original prints of this film had the scenes in hell tinted in red.

    Production

    This film, like several previous Fox Films such as The Queen of Sheba, A Daughter of the Gods and some Theda Bara films, featured full nudity in some sequences. Actress Pauline Starke is completely nude in the Hell sequences, with the exception of a large flowing black wig that covers her nether regions. Some bit players and extras are fully nude. The different prints of the film were more than likely edited according to the attitudes of the different regions or parts of the world they played in. The film also features popular comic actor Bud Jamison in blackface as a butler; he is easily recognizable under the makeup, and his initial appearance has caused some laughter by knowledgeable film buffs at its occasional screenings.

    Some hell scene footage from the film was reused in the 1935 film Dante's Inferno.

    For his 1980 sci-fi thriller "Altered States" director Ken Russell intercut borrowed footage from this film with his own digital effects to create a hallucination sequence.

    References

    Dante's Inferno (1924 film) Wikipedia
    Dantes Inferno (1924 film) IMDb Dantes Inferno (1924 film) themoviedb.org


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