Dante's Inferno (1924 film)
|Directed by||Henry Otto|
|Produced by||Fox Film|
Edmund Goulding (screenplay)|
Cyrus Wood (story)
by Dante Alighieri
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
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
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Dante's Inferno". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- Bond, Jeremy (2009). "Dante's Inferno: Pre-Code Decadence Falls to the Flames". In New England Vintage Film Society. Spencer Tracy Fox Film Actor: The Pre-Code Legacy of a Hollywood Legend. Xlibris. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4363-4137-0