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The Most Dangerous Game (1932) [Adventure] [Horror]

If you like this movie and our channel, please subscribe: | “The Most Dangerous Game” is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell, the first film version of that story. The plot concerns a big game hunter on an island who chooses to hunt humans for sport. The film stars Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, and King Kong leads Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong, and was made by a team including Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, the co-directors of King Kong (1933).

Famous big game hunter and author Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. He swims to a small, lush island. He becomes the guest of the expatriate Russian Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks), a fellow hunting enthusiast. Zaroff remarks that Bob’s misfortune is not uncommon; in fact, four people from the previous sinking are still staying with him: Eve Trowbridge (Fay Wray), her brother Martin (Robert Armstrong), and two sailors.

That night, Zaroff introduces Bob to the Trowbridges and reveals his obsession with hunting. During one of his hunts, a Cape buffalo inflicted a head wound on him. He eventually became bored of the sport, to his great consternation, until he discovered “the most dangerous game” on his island. Bob asks if he means tigers, but Zaroff denies it. Later, Eve shares her suspicions of Zaroff’s intentions with the newcomer. The count took each sailor to see his trophy room, on different days, and both have mysteriously disappeared. She believes their host is responsible, but Bob is unconvinced.

Then Martin vanishes as well. In their search for him, Bob and Eve end up in Zaroff’s trophy room, where they find a man’s head mounted on the wall. Then, Zaroff and his men appear, carrying Martin’s body. Zaroff expects Bob to view the matter like him and is gravely disappointed when Bob calls him a madman.

He decides that, as Bob refuses to be a fellow hunter, he must be the next prey. If Bob can stay alive until sunrise, Zaroff promises him and Eve their freedom. However, he has never lost the game of what he calls “outdoor chess”. Eve decides to go with Bob. Eventually, they are trapped by a waterfall. When Bob is attacked by a hunting dog, Zaroff shoots and the young man falls into the water. Zaroff takes Eve back to his fortress to enjoy his prize. However, the dog was shot, not Bob. Bob fights first Zaroff, then his henchmen, killing the henchmen. As Bob and Eve speed away in a motor boat, the dying Zaroff tries to shoot them. Unsuccessful, he succumbs to his wounds. He falls out of a window into the pack of his frenzied hunting dogs.

Directed by Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack, written by James Ashmore Creelman (screenplay) and Richard Connell (story), starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray and Leslie Banks.

Source: “The Most Dangerous Game (film)” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 26 June 2012. Web. 22 July 2012.

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  1. This is a damned great movie! I was so surprised to find it uploaded…. a great movie for a late Saturday night. Robert Johnson' acting is superb and if not mistaken, the drunkard brother of Fay Wray is the same guy who found her starving in the street and recruited her to go to Skull Island in the original KING KONG. Also Robert Johnson, actor par excellence, was a favorite of Alfred Hitchcock and starred in many of his 'early' movies –
    JAMAICA INN being most notable, with a stellar cast including Charles Laughton, Robert Newton and introducing Maureen O'Hara.
    This is non comparable to the book. 99% of all books are better than their movie counterparts, that goez without saying and virtually across the board. However, this movie deserves its' due as Robert Johnson is superb.

  2. What Hogwarts houses would Rainsford and Zaroff (from the short story, not the movie) be in? They could be in Slytherin, since they are ambitious, determined, resourceful, and cunning. Rainsford was determined to protect himself and defeat Zaroff, and he had some cunning and resourceful traps and ways during the game. He even managed to escape Zaroff. However, maybe he could be a Gryffindor, for hunting extremely dangeorus animals, facing and fighting Zaroff, and going on such a big adventure on Ship-Trap Island. Zaroff, meanwhile, could be a Slytherin, since he has some of the qualities: the cunning channel lights trick, surviving all his dangerous hunts with big-game (which I bet was due to resourcefulness), and his determination to successfully kill his quarries (man or animal) and find a "new animal". However, he could be a Gryffindor since he enjoys danger. He hunts the most dangerous game–humans–for a hazardous and exciting adventure, and he's hunted the most vicious and savage animals the world has. Not to mention how he went to war and is SORT OF chivalrous to his guests. Man, what houses would Rainsford and Zaroff be in?

  3. This movie IS comparable to the short story this screenplay is adapted to – thus the edit to my previous comment.
    The short story is short(lol), concise and to the point. There is not much imagery in the story if any, except for the descriptive purpose – nothing that allows the mind to wander setting its own scenes and vibrancy. It is an excellent read and an excellent story. The movie does fine justice to the novel and Robert Johnson is impeccable to his character. You can read this short story right here on You Tube, which only adds to the pleasure. Thanks again for uploading this great movie.

  4. I liked it. Mostly 'cuz the set looked exactly like the one in the original "King Kong". Also, after listening to "Tales of the Texas Rangers " @ for the past couple of years, was nice to see "Ranger Jace Pierce", Joel McRea, in the flesh. Now, if only "Dr. Crazy" had been Lugosi, this would have gone from a fair to a very good film, IMHO.


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