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Writers:
James Ashmore Creelman (screen play)
Richard Connell (from the O'Henry prize winning story by)
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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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A Solid Little Thriller See more (83 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)

Directed by
Irving Pichel 
Ernest B. Schoedsack 
 
Writing credits
James Ashmore Creelman (screen play)

Richard Connell (from the O'Henry prize winning story by)

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 (film editor) (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 .... 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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Trivia:
The drunken Armstrong is a loaded script element: he's supposed to be annoying. At the time this film was released, Prohibition was still in effect, but the law was widely ignored. Producer Merian C. Cooper was strongly critical of alcohol use and of the glamorization of drunkenness in movies. There is a similar scene in both Mighty Joe Young (1949) (where inebriated nightclub patrons precipitate the creature's escape and rampage) and The Son of Kong (1933) (where drunkenness proves disastrous for the heroine's father). Zaroff's reveling in his hunting exploits was also deliberate beyond the needs of the story, downplaying its glamorization in other movies of the period.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Count Zarof claims to be a Cossack. The Cossacks were famous for their equality within the ranks. They did not have titles.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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Solid Little Thriller, 28 September 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

A solid little thriller with several things going for it, "The Most Dangerous Game" easily holds your attention all the way through, even at the more predictable points. It takes good advantage of an often-used plot idea, without trying to squeeze too much out of it. Joel McCrea makes a likable and confident hero, and he fits in well with Leslie Banks and with "King Kong" stars Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. Banks's performance is a little on the eccentric side, but he has enough energy to make the character and the plot work most of the time.

The opening sequence is a little slow, but it does set up some of the themes of the rest of the movie. The first half of the movie is generally predictable, yet even so it builds up a good amount of tension. In the last half, the suspense is sustained quite well for an extended time, and though the last few scenes may lack plausibility, they work well dramatically because they were set up carefully. Overall, it is an effective and rather efficiently-made thriller.

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