Harry Lachman, Dante’s Inferno, 1935


Dante’s Inferno (1935, USA). The title actually refers to a fairground attraction, the story is of the people who run it. Spencer Tracy plays Jim Carter, a lazy sailor who loses his job as a ship’s boiler stoker. [ . . . ] The meandering storyline fails to portray Carter as being that much of a baddie, as his business practices are infinitely less shoddy than Gordon Gecko’s. At home he’s such a convincing family man it’s hard to dislike him. He’s hardly ‘hell’ material and the story is often far removed from anything from Dante.”    –Mark Hodgson, Black Hole Reviews, December 3, 2010