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The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror, Mystery | 9 September 1932 (USA)
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 collection story by)

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

9 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A legveszélyesebb játék  »


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$218,869 (estimated)
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(recorded by) (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The second of three film collaborations involving Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper and Fay Wray. See more »


When Rainsford comes ashore after the shipwreck, his clothes are dry, and they are dry when he meets Zaroff, but Zaroff refers to his "wet clothes" a few minutes later. See more »


[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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One of the most exciting films ever made
11 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Cooper and Schoedsack are, of course, the same directors who made King Kong. They actually made it right after they made this film on some of the same sets, and you'll recognize that, if you're a Kong aficionado. The Most Dangerous Game probably would be as well known as King Kong if it were a half-hour longer. As it stands, it's only 63 minutes. Half of that is exposition, and the other half the chase. That first half does drag a little. Some people will say the same thing about the exposition of King Kong, though I'd disagree. The comical drunk in The Most Dangerous Game is quite annoying, I must say. No matter. Once the hunt begins, I dare you to try to take a breath. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat that entire half-hour. Bravo, good sirs. Once again, you have proved yourselves to be entirely undervalued filmmakers. Make sure, if you like this and/or King Kong, to see their early documentaries Grass and Chang, which are two near masterpieces themselves. 8/10.

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