Production still from Dante’s Inferno (1935, dir. Harry Lachman) (via Sin in Soft-Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood)
Dante’s Inferno, which stars Spencer Tracy as a greedy & unscrupulous businessman, isn’t a straightforward re-telling of Dante’s tale (for that, try 1911’s L’Inferno). Rather, during an extraordinary 8-minute dream sequence, Tracy’s character is shown a vision of the hell that awaits him in the afterlife if he doesn’t change his ways. In the scene pictured above, the souls of suicides are entombed in trees in the seventh circle of hell & fed on by harpies.
The dream sequence can be seen online starting here.