Dante's Inferno (1924)

Allegory | 7 September 1924

Director:

Henry Otto

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

On 23 Feb 1924, Exhibitors Herald reported that Fox Film Corporation president William Fox decided to produce an adaptation of the fourteenth-century Dante Alighieri poem, Inferno. According to the Jul 1924 issue of Picture and Picturegoer, the Fox film marked the first American screen version of Dante’s work, which had been adapted several times in both Italy and England. Although the 22 Mar 1924 Exhibitors Herald referred to the project as The Inferno, the film was ultimately titled Dante’s Inferno.
       A 17 Sep 1924 Var item announced that Dante’s Inferno was scheduled to debut at the Central Theatre in New York City on Monday, 29 Sep 1924. On 1 Oct 1924, Var reported that the picture earned an impressive one-day total of $3,000, while the 17 Dec 1924 Var projected “record-breaking” attendance from patrons at the Criterion Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
       Dante's Inferno was restored by Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation with support from the Museum of Modern Art ... More Less

On 23 Feb 1924, Exhibitors Herald reported that Fox Film Corporation president William Fox decided to produce an adaptation of the fourteenth-century Dante Alighieri poem, Inferno. According to the Jul 1924 issue of Picture and Picturegoer, the Fox film marked the first American screen version of Dante’s work, which had been adapted several times in both Italy and England. Although the 22 Mar 1924 Exhibitors Herald referred to the project as The Inferno, the film was ultimately titled Dante’s Inferno.
       A 17 Sep 1924 Var item announced that Dante’s Inferno was scheduled to debut at the Central Theatre in New York City on Monday, 29 Sep 1924. On 1 Oct 1924, Var reported that the picture earned an impressive one-day total of $3,000, while the 17 Dec 1924 Var projected “record-breaking” attendance from patrons at the Criterion Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
       Dante's Inferno was restored by Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation with support from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
23 Feb 1924
p. 47.
Exhibitors Herald
22 Mar 1924
p. 37.
Film Daily
12 Oct 1924.
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New York Times
30 Sep 1924
p. 27.
Pictures and Picturegoer
Jul 1924
p. 31.
Variety
17 Sep 1924
p. 23.
Variety
1 Oct 1924
p. 22.
Variety
17 Dec 1924
p. 30.
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LITERARY
Based on the poem Inferno by Dante Alighieri (c14th century).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Inferno
Release Date:
7 September 1924
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 29 September 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20370
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,484
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ruthless millionaire Mortimer Judd refuses to repair his tenements and declines to give financial aid to his friend Craig. Craig sends him a copy of The Inferno, accompanied by a curse; and as Judd reads, in a delirious dream he envisions Dante's tour of hell and scenes of punishment for his own sins. Awakening, he seeks to make amends for his past ... +


Ruthless millionaire Mortimer Judd refuses to repair his tenements and declines to give financial aid to his friend Craig. Craig sends him a copy of The Inferno, accompanied by a curse; and as Judd reads, in a delirious dream he envisions Dante's tour of hell and scenes of punishment for his own sins. Awakening, he seeks to make amends for his past injustices. +

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