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Release Date:
16 September 1932 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of my fave (really old) movies See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joel McCrea ... Bob

Fay Wray ... Eve
Robert Armstrong ... Martin
Leslie Banks ... Zaroff
Noble Johnson ... Ivan
Steve Clemente ... Tartar (as Steve Clemento)
William B. Davidson ... Captain (as William Davidson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Tarter Servant (as Dutch Hendrian)

Buster Crabbe ... Sailor who falls off boat (uncredited)
James Flavin ... First Mate on Yacht (uncredited)
Arnold Gray ... Passenger on Yacht (uncredited)
Hale Hamilton ... Bill - Owner of Yacht (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... 'Doc' - Passenger on Yacht (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Passenger on Yacht (uncredited)
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Directed by
Irving Pichel 
Ernest B. Schoedsack 
 
Writing credits
James Ashmore Creelman (screenplay)

Richard Connell (story)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... associate producer
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Henry W. Gerrard (photographed by) (as Henry Gerrard)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek  (as Archie E. Marshek)
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Cerisoli .... special props (uncredited)
Byron L. Crabbe .... art department technician (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... special props (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... art department technician (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
Murray Spivack .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lloyd Knechtel .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical effects (uncredited)
Orville Goldner .... miniatures (uncredited)
Donald Jahraus .... miniatures (uncredited)
Bud Thackery .... process photography (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buster Crabbe .... stunt double: Joel McCrea (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Barth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert De Grasse .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Norma Drury Boleslavsky .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Emil Gerstenberger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
63 min | USA:78 min (preview version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:(Banned) (1934) | South Korea:12 | UK:A (cut) | UK:12 (re-rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1348-R: 29 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)
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During WWI, Leslie Banks suffered a disfiguring injury that paralyzed the left side of his face. Never once letting this injury interrupt his career, he went back to the stage after his release from service in 1918, and within six years was an international stage star. He was one of the most popular British actors on Broadway throughout most of the 1920s since his appearance in the 1924 production of "Peter Pan" as Captain Hook.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of my fave (really old) movies, 7 June 2000
Author: Shawn Watson (curiositykilledshawn@gmail.com) from The Underverse

"Until you've hunted men, you haven't hunted" -Jesse Ventura, April 2001.

The story of a hunter having the tables turned on him is overly familiar to today's audiences. The basic premise of Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" has also been reinvented as a Game of Death, Run for the Sun, Hard Target, Surviving the Game, The Running Man, and even Predator (starring the Governor Ventura himself). But the irony and purity of the story are exercised best in this 1932 quickie, made by the King Kong team, using the same cast members and sets. It's legacy has been somewhat overshadowed by the popularity of Kong, but don't let it slip away, The Most Dangerous Game is a game worth playing.

Robert Rainsford (Joel McCrea) is a big game hunter who is shipwrecked somewhere off the east coast of South America. He washes up on a beach of a lonely island and makes his way through the jungle where he is greeted by the eccentric Count Zaroff who has settled in a restored Portuguese fortress. The Count escaped Russia before the revolution and travelled the world hunting animals. But having killed all of the most savage he has grown bored and needs an animal with wits, cunning, and intelligence. Man; the most dangerous game of all.

Finding his match with Rainsford, the Count releases him into the jungle, along with the screaming Eve Trowbridge (Fay Wray), and promises him freedom if he can survive the next 24 hours. The sets, the Gothic atmosphere, and even the loneliness creates a wonderful atmosphere. As one of the first "talkies" the film is backed-up by a score (in a time when music really had to carry wordless motion pictures) that really stands out to me for several reasons. It's certainly the earliest film I have seen with a recognizable melody and even goes as far as having the Count play the theme on his grand piano; a nice little in-joke. I never thought I'd recommend a score from a 1932 movie for being mysterious and action-packed but, if you excuse the pun, I suggest you hunt it down.

At 63 minutes the film doesn't outstay his welcome, but James Ashmore Creelman's screenplay was written as a film lasting no less than 85 minutes, so I'm curious to know what RKO Pictures cut out to keep the budget down.

Criterion did a good job with the DVD, but the film desperately needs a full HD restoration. I suppose the original camera negative is gone, but a 4k master from a complete 35mm print is what this film needs. No nicks, no scratches, no missing frames. If The Most Dangerous Game doesn't get this an overlooked classic may be lost forever.

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