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The Most Dangerous Game -- Evil game hunter traps unsuspecting survivors on his island to participate in his sport of hunting man.  In Vibrant Color!


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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 »
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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The Mad Count Zaroff See more (84 total) »


  (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)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Tarter Servant (as Dutch Hendrian)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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)
Steve Rez .... paint boss (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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63 min | USA:78 min (preview version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
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) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

The island featured in the movie is actually called "Baranka Island", though it is never said onscreen.See more »
Continuity: When Count Zaroff is first giving the knife to Rainsford, he is pointing the blade at him. There is a cut to a closer shot, and the blade is now facing away.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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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The Mad Count Zaroff, 28 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Most Dangerous Game is a film totally dominated by Leslie Banks's florid portrayal of the mad Russian Count Zaroff who has built is own little world on a Pacific island where he hunts for sport and pleasure what he considers The Most Dangerous Game.

Though I'm sure he must have had a lot of offers from American studios after this film, Leslie Banks went back to the United Kingdom where he was a stalwart presence in a variety of roles for British cinema. Still Banks never got a part as good as Count Zaroff in which he could chew enough scenery for a three course meal and not be noticed.

Joel McCrea plays an American big game hunter who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck who is washed up on Banks's island. In the palatial home he's built out of an old Portugese fort, McCrea encounters brother and sister Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray. Armstrong, in an unusual part for him, plays a wastrel playboy who is consuming the liquor at the home at a prodigious rate. He's taken to the 'trophy' room and not seen again.

The next night McCrea and Wray discover that The Most Dangerous Game is man himself. Banks sends his guests out into the woods and stalks them like wild animals. Supposedly if they can elude him for 24 hours they earn their freedom, but no one ever has.

The Most Dangerous Game is one of those films where you have no doubt who the hero and villain are. No moral ambiguities in this one. For all of Banks's talk about man being the most challenging animal to hunt, the only other man besides McCrea we see him hunt is drunk and pathetic Robert Armstrong. In McCrea because he's a hunter Banks finally meets an opponent who's a challenge. If Armstrong is a sample of what he hunted before, Banks ranks as one of the most malevolent villains ever portrayed on screen.

If the sets look familiar to you remember the team of Meriam C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack is bringing you this film. A year later these same sets were utilized by RKO for the classic King Kong. Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong got to know that back lot jungle very well.

Banks meets a most fitting end for one as evil as he which I can't reveal, but viewers will find it poetic indeed. After 75 years, The Most Dangerous Game is still one exciting, heart pounding, entertaining film.

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