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Inferno (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 21 July 1954 (Sweden)
A tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writer:

Francis M. Cockrell (as Francis Cockrell)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Ryan ... Donald Whitley Carson III
Rhonda Fleming ... Geraldine Carson
William Lundigan ... Joseph Duncan
Larry Keating ... Dave Emory
Henry Hull ... Sam Elby
Carl Betz ... Lt. Mike Platt
Robert Burton ... Sheriff
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20th Century-Fox put a lot of eggs in this 1953 film---3-D and stereophonic sound on prints for the few theatres equipped for that sound system in 1953, and the result was possibly the best 3-D film made during the craze. The basically-simple plot, in theory but more than that in execution, concerns a spoiled and alcoholic millionaire, Robert Ryan, who breaks his leg falling off of a horse, and is left to die in the desert by his cheating wife, Rhonda Fleming (born for Technicolor and 3-D), and her lover, William Lundigan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Verhängnisvolle Spuren See more »

Filming Locations:

Apple Valley, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Twentieth Century-Fox's first 3D film. See more »

Goofs

About 2.5 minutes into the movie, the lover changes from street shoes to boots, attempting to plant a false trail. He first changes his right shoe and then hands a second right shoe to the wife. See more »

Quotes

Donald Whitley Carson III: [after finding water in a cactus] This stuff's a great discovery. Just sit there and work on it all day and you can get enough juice to sit there and work on it all day.
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Also shown in a 3D version. See more »

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Remade as Ordeal (1973) See more »

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why would anyone mess with Robert Ryan?
31 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Inferno is a small but excellent 1953 film about a beautiful woman (Rhonda Fleming) and her lover (William Lundigan) who leave the woman's husband (Robert Ryan) alone in the desert with a broken leg, assuming he'll croak. The story focuses on Ryan's character trying to survive in the desert and what he learns about himself.

With gorgeous Rhonda Fleming in the movie, it's done in color. A chimpanzee could have played her part - there's precious little acting involved - but she certainly adds tremendous beauty to the production. She and another spectacular redhead, Arlene Dahl, both were getting larger roles in films at the time the studio system was winding down. Ten years earlier, they might have ruled the world. William Lundigan is appropriately cold-blooded as her horny lover, and Larry Keating is an appropriately concerned business associate.

But this is Ryan's film, and he's top-notch. His thoughts come over as voice-over, and you're pulling for him every step of the way, despite everyone describing him as unpleasant.

Excellent film, quite a surprise.


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