The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

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A game-hunting nobleman's private island is the stage for perverse games in which he tracks down and kills human adversaries. This top-notch first screen incarnation (shot on sets built for King Kong (1933)) of the famous short story was redone many times but rarely to such excellent effect.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

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Cast

Leslie Banks
as Zaroff
Fay Wray
as Eve
Hale Hamilton
as Bill - Owner of Yacht (uncredited)
Steve Clemente
as Tartar Servant
Dutch Hendrian
as Ships Crew
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian
as Tarter Servant (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Most Dangerous Game

All Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

One of the best suspense films ever made.

February 29, 2008
Goatdog's Movies

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Most Dangerous Game

An impressive classic suspense thriller. The Criterion disc release is a treat.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

It's easy to forget how sensational this was for its time, partly because it's so hokey and partly because of the eminently graceless aging of the action genre. Still, I think it's a lot less dumb than King Kong, and though the first half of the film is dedicated to exhaustingly transparent conversations about humans and being primeval and stuff, the latter half is an at least interesting little bit of 30s action goodness. The Most Dangerous Game is a little too self-serious to embrace fully, but it's a very short watch and an important milestone in action movie history.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

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