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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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Storyline

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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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

The first of five film collaborations involving Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper and Robert Armstrong, the other four being 'King Kong', 'Son of Kong', 'Blind Adventure' and 'Mighty Joe Young'. And Cooper and Armstrong also collaborated one more time without Schoedsack with 'The Fugitive' See more »

Goofs

When Count Zaroff is first giving the knife to Rainsford, he is pointing the blade at him. There is a cut to a closer shot, and the blade is now facing away. See more »

Quotes

[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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A Moment in the Dark
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The birth of survival horror sub-genre.
6 March 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"The Most Dangerous Game" is a classic of horror genre and the first survival flick ever made.In this gripping and suspenseful tale Russian nobleman Count Zaroff hunts for shipwrecked victims on his deserted tropical island.The guests soon find themselves sucked into the insane games of their host.Zaroff bored with stalking animals has decided to go hunting the Most Dangerous Game of all-man...The script of "The Most Dangerous Game" is loosely based on Robert Connell's short story,which I haven't read.The film was quite shocking for its time with several subtle sexual undercurrents.The scene where Eve and Ransford discover Zaroff's trophy room is unforgettable.I rarely review 30's and 40's horror,but "The Most Dangerous Game" deserves my comment.Often remade,never equaled it's a must-see for fans of "Deliverance","Turkey Shoot" or "Rovdyr".8 out of 10.


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