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The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1932 Wide

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The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game was put together by producer Willis O'Brien and directors Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel in 1932. Leslie Banks stars as loony Russian count Zaroff, a renowned big-game hunter who tires of stalking animals and begins hunting down the "most dangerous game"-human beings. Luring unwary victims to his remote island, Zaroff wines and dines them, gives them a few hours' head start to run into

Jun 8, 1999

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The movie is melodramatic, the acting stiff, and the music overwrought; yet I'm sure that's exactly why audiences liked the movie in the first place and why we find it so much fun today.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A gritty and exciting adaptation with loads of charm to it.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The film initially teases its viewers as much as Zaroff does his guests (we finally see what's in his basement, and it ain't pretty) before storming full-barrel into the hunt, a potent half-hour packed with all manner of close calls and great escapes.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It feels minor next to Kong, but it's a great deal of fun.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One of the best suspense films ever made.

February 29, 2008
Goatdog's Movies

Realizado simultaneamente a King Kong (com o qual divide vários membros do elenco e equipe), é um filme que estabelece um clima incômodo de apreensão ainda hoje.

November 21, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Effective as a chilling horror story.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Superior thriller shot on the King Kong jungle sets. A few truly gruesome scenes.

February 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Some modern lightweight films could learn a cinematic lesson from directors Irving Pichel and Ernest Schoedshack's sixty-three-minute running time

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A mindless action movie, but there's nothing inherently wrong with that.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for The Most Dangerous Game

An impressive classic suspense thriller. The Criterion disc release is a treat.
January 20, 2014
YosemiteSamFan

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A very nice film adaptation of the short story. Good actors, setting, and everything. It's really exciting, it brings the story to life.
September 3, 2010
ajv2688

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The Most Dangerous Game is a terrific old barn-stormer. A horror-thriller from the same talents that produced King Kong. Indeed, the movie re-used several of Kong's sets, and was conceived in order to get more value for money from Kong's colossal budget. It is, however, a thrilling adventure in its own right.

Kong Alumni Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Nobel Johnson turn up here (the film was shot almost simultaneously with Kong) but the British actor Leslie Banks steals the show as Count Zaroff, Russian game hunter who has grown bored with hunting animals, and now prefers to hunt "The most dangerous game of all". Banks is a hoot as Zaroff, perpetually stroking his scar and giving lustful gazes in the direction of Fay Wray. He's also splendidly wry in his exchanges with Robert Armstrong's drunken sot, and adopts a maniacal intensity during the hunt.

Zaroff, occupying a remote island, has adjusted the navigation lights of a treacherous stretch of water to ship-wreck passing vessels. Those who escape the shark-infested waters and make it to the island are given rest, food and are eventually invited to spend a few hours in Zaroff's trophy room. Believe me, it's a good incentive for what Zaroff plans! They are given a days' head start, and then Zaroff begins hunting...

Joel Mcrea makes an engaging hero as young hunter Bob Rainsford, who eventually out-thinks and outfights the nasty ol' Count. The later half of the movie, in which Mcrea and Wray are hunted through the jungle by the merciless Zaroff is brilliantly shot and edited. Max Steiner, the composer of Kong's classic score, here comes up with another memorable main theme. Zaroff even plays it at the piano. Irving Pichel, the goon from Murder By The Clock, co-directs with Kong director Shoedsack and delivers a rousing movie. I saw this as a DVD double bill with White Zombie, and had a splendid evening's entertainment!
April 1, 2010
matertenebraum

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    1. Count Zaroff: Kill, then love. When you have known that, you have known ecstasy.
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