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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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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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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
This film was released before the Hays Code was widely enforced. As a result both Joel McCrea and Fay Wray were able to get away with wearing relatively little clothing in comparison to other films of the era. Within a few years, however, the film was considered indecent and too revealing. It was barred from re-release and was not shown publicly for several decades.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Working Up to "King Kong" With Style, 12 July 2004

Films from the 1930s often featured imaginary and exotic worlds brought to life on sound stages. For us today the sets are unreal, creations of both limited imagination and limited budgets. Most of those movies are justifiably in the "B" range. A few aren't and among those is the relatively little seen "The Most Dangerous Game."

Joel McRae is globetrotting big game hunter Bob Rainsford on a yacht bound for exotic adventure. Deliberately misplaced channel lights cause the vessel to hit rocks and founder. Only Rainsford survives to drag himself onto the shore of a nearby island. To his surprise the island is dominated by an eerie mansion owned by Count Zaroff, Leslie Banks. A Cossack attended by a retinue of his countrymen, Zaroff exudes silken hospitality and refined culture. Already there as guests are two people from a previous shipwreck, Eve Trowbridge, Fay Wray, and her perpetually drunken brother.

Zaroff is the film version of that familiar figure from Russian literature, the eternally bored aristocrat whose anomie can only be defeated by extreme diversions. In Zaroff's case it turns out that he, a skilled huntsman since boyhood, is only brought to vibrant life by stalking and killing the most dangerous prey - man.

Zaroff offers Rainsford a deal he literally can't refuse. Escape being slain by the count by outwitting him for a number of hours and he goes free. Eve elects to accompany the intrepid hunter on his journey through impenetrable backlot settings. Romance is in the humid air.

Zaroff is, of course, evil but he's also oddly sympathetic. What's a count to do when he can buy anything and only the most extraordinary hunting will bring him happiness? In that light his trophy room becomes understandable, his bloody diversion almost sympathetic. Banks is very effective in this role where he swings between culture and carnage.

Directors Irving Pickel and Ernest B. Schoedsack made "The Most Dangerous Game" on the same sets they'd employ a year later for the universally revered "King Kong." This film is only 63 minutes long indicating they intended it to be a second feature. What they got was a truly engrossing movie with Fay Wray and Joel McCrea turning in first-rate performances. Max Steiner's score is excellent (did he ever compose a bad one?).

Released on DVD by Alpha Video, it's both a bargain and a pleasure.

8/10

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