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A tight and involving essay in suspense which works on the ingenious idea of leaving the audience alone in the desert with an unsympathetic and selfish character (all the more so considering that he's a millionaire), left to die with a broken leg by his wife and her lover. Baker then forces us to change our attitude of contempt to one of sympathy and admiration for his sheer will to survive. The suspense is well handled, especially a descent into a canyon with just one rope and a fall of hundreds of feet. The excellent Ryan plays the millionaire, Fleming his wife. Inferno was one of the best and last movies to be made in 3-D during the boom in the early '50s. Certainly its use of space emphasised the dramatic possibilities of 3-D and reveals, as more than one person has observed, that the device had largely been squandered in other films made at the time.

Release details

Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roy Baker
Screenwriter: Francis Cockrell
Cast: Robert Ryan
Rhonda Fleming
William Lundigan
Henry Hull
Carl Betz
Larry Keating
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