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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.


(screen play), (from the O'Henry prize winning story by)

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Complete credited cast:
Martin Trowbridge
Steve Clemente ...
Tartar (as Steve Clemento)
Captain (as William Davidson)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ...
Tarter Servant (as Dutch Hendrian)


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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Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A legveszélyesebb játék  »

Box Office


$218,869 (estimated)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Believed to have inspired the Zodiac serial killer. See more »


A few seconds after Bob and Eve first enter the jungle together, the branches and leaves of a small tree in the foreground shake and sway dramatically. While the tree is swaying, presumably from the wind, the rest of the vegetation in the scene is absolutely stationary. See more »


[first lines]
Captain: The channel's here on the chart, all right, and so are the marking lights.
First mate: 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: 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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The Grandfather of them all!
4 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The second most used plot device (boy meets girl is the first) happens to be one of my favorites, Man Vs. Man. The Most Dangerous Game (based upon a short story) is about an eccentric hunter who has hunted every single animal there is to hunt except one. Man. On his tropical island surrounded by dangerous coral reefs he seeks out prey so he can add them to his trophy case. That is until the day he happens to meet the world's most famous big game hunter. This excellent film was shot by the same crew that was shooting King Kong (both films nearly have the same cast) Between takes they would shoot this one. If you want to see where it all started, then this is it!!

Highly recommended.


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