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The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.

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James Ashmore Creelman (screen play), Richard Connell (from the O.Henry prize winning collection story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Bob
Fay Wray ... Eve
Robert Armstrong ... Martin
Leslie Banks ... Zaroff
Noble Johnson ... Ivan
Steve Clemente Steve Clemente ... Tartar (as Steve Clemento)
William B. Davidson ... Captain (as William Davidson)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Tartar Servant (as Dutch Hendrian)
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After their luxury cabin cruiser crashes on a reef, Bob Rainsford finds himself washed ashore on a remote island. He finds a fortress-like house and the owner, Count Zaroff, seems to be quite welcoming. Apart from Zaroff's servant Ivan, the only other people present are Eve Trowbridge and her brother Martin, also survivors of their own shipwreck. Other survivors are missing however and Rainsford soon learns why. Zaroff releases them into his jungle island and then hunts them down in his grisly "outdoor chess" game! Then after Martin disappears, Bob realizes that he and Eve are to be the next "pawns" in Zaroff's deadly game. Written by garykmcd

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Fascinating, Strange and Terrible is the Story of Zaroff, Who Hunted Men Like Animals for a Sporting Thrill See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$218,869 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded by) (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Armstrong (Martin Trowbridge) and the associate producer Merian C. Cooper died only one day apart: Armstrong on April 20, 1973 and Cooper on April 21, 1973. See more »

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Count Zarof claims to be a Cossack. The Cossacks were famous for their equality within the ranks. They did not have titles. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain: The channel's here on the chart, all right, and so are the marking lights.
First Mate on Yacht: Then what's wrong with them?
Captain: Those lights don't seem to be in just the right place. They're both a bit out of position according to this.
First Mate on Yacht: Two light buoys means a safe channel between the world over!
Captain: "Safe between the world over" doesn't go in these waters.
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From The Folks Who Gave You King Kong
25 February 2003 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"The Most Dangerous Game" is a surprisingly good little thriller that runs just over an hour. It was made the year before "King Kong" by many of the same people that were involved that classic. In fact many of the "run through the jungle" scenes are very similar to those in the later film.

The film opens with a realistic staged ship wreck (achieved mostly with convincing miniatures) from which only Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) survives. He crawls ashore on a mysterious island and finds his way to a creepy castle inhabited by a Russian Count named Zaroff (Leslie Banks). There he meets the lovely Eve (Fay Wray) and her drunken brother Martin (Robert Armstrong), who were also ship wrecked.

It turns out that the "Game" of the title is the mad Count hunting down and killing human prey. Naturally, McCrea and Wray ultimately wind up as the hunted.

A very young McCrea is excellent as the hero and Wray, fetching as the heroine. Banks, however, and Armstrong for that matter, are way over the top in their roles. Banks in that early talkie style, enunciates every syllable and bugs out his eyes at every opportunity.

Still and all, "The Most Dangerous Game" is exciting and well made and worth a look.


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