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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
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
The trophy room scenes were much longer in the preview version of 78 minutes; there were more heads in jars. There was also an emaciated sailor, stuffed and mounted next to a tree where he was impaled by Zaroff's arrow, and another full-body figure stuffed, with the bodies of two of the hunting dogs mounted in a death grip. Preview audiences cringed and shuddered at the head in the bottle and the mounted heads, but when they saw the mounted figures and heard Zaroff's dialog describing in detail how each man had died, they began heading for the exit - so these shots disappeared. See more »
The island is described by Rainsford as "small as a deer park", but it contains a dramatic waterfall. Such a fall would have to have been fed by a large lake on a much larger island to flow at such a high volume. See more »
The channel's here on the chart, all right, and so are the marking lights.
Then what's wrong with them?
Those lights don't seem to be in just the right place. They're both a bit out of position according to this.
Two light buoys means a safe channel between the world over!
"Safe between the world over" doesn't go in these waters.
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Films from the 1930s often featured imaginary and exotic worlds brought to
life on sound stages. For us today the sets are unreal, creations of both
limited imagination and limited budgets. Most of those movies are
justifiably in the "B" range. A few aren't and among those is the
relatively little seen "The Most Dangerous Game."
Joel McRae is globetrotting big game hunter Bob Rainsford on a yacht bound
for exotic adventure. Deliberately misplaced channel lights cause the
vessel to hit rocks and founder. Only Rainsford survives to drag himself
onto the shore of a nearby island. To his surprise the island is dominated
by an eerie mansion owned by Count Zaroff, Leslie Banks. A Cossack attended
by a retinue of his countrymen, Zaroff exudes silken hospitality and refined
culture. Already there as guests are two people from a previous shipwreck,
Eve Trowbridge, Fay Wray, and her perpetually drunken brother.
Zaroff is the film version of that familiar figure from Russian literature,
the eternally bored aristocrat whose anomie can only be defeated by extreme
diversions. In Zaroff's case it turns out that he, a skilled huntsman since
boyhood, is only brought to vibrant life by stalking and killing the most
dangerous prey - man.
Zaroff offers Rainsford a deal he literally can't refuse. Escape being
slain by the count by outwitting him for a number of hours and he goes free.
Eve elects to accompany the intrepid hunter on his journey through
impenetrable backlot settings. Romance is in the humid
Zaroff is, of course, evil but he's also oddly sympathetic. What's a count
to do when he can buy anything and only the most extraordinary hunting will
bring him happiness? In that light his trophy room becomes understandable,
his bloody diversion almost sympathetic. Banks is very effective in this
role where he swings between culture and carnage.
Directors Irving Pickel and Ernest B. Schoedsack made "The Most Dangerous
Game" on the same sets they'd employ a year later for the universally
revered "King Kong." This film is only 63 minutes long indicating they
intended it to be a second feature. What they got was a truly engrossing
movie with Fay Wray and Joel McCrea turning in first-rate performances. Max
Steiner's score is excellent (did he ever compose a bad
Released on DVD by Alpha Video, it's both a bargain and a
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