Most Dangerous Game

Most Dangerous Game

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Director: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Cast: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray

     
 

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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 dangerousSee more details below

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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 the jungle, then hunts them down with rifle and bow and arrow. As his grisly trophy room demonstrates, Zaroff hasn't missed yet. Shipwreck survivors Joel McCrea and Fay Wray are Zaroff's latest quarry. "First the hunt, then the revels!" declares Zaroff, casting a lecherous eye towards the wide-eyed Ms. Wray. The original Connell story had no heroine, but who wants to watch Joel McCrea lose most of his clothing while scurrying through the jungle? The Most Dangerous Game was filmed on RKO's standing King Kong sets during a lull in the production of that classic film, utilizing most of the Kong personnel (actors Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente and Dutch Hendrian; producer O'Brien; director Schoedsack; composer Max Steiner). While the plot has been reshaped and recycled many times since 1932, RKO's only official remake of Most Dangerous Game was 1945's A Game of Death.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This classic horror film stars Leslie Banks in a tour-de-force of pure evil as the sadistic Count Zaroff, who waylays shipwrecked boats on his foggy island then unleashes his vicious dogs and hunts humans in the jungles for sport. Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray are among the prey and would be reunited the following year for co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack's wonderful King Kong, while the other co-director, Irving Pichel, would go on to act in Dracula's Daughter. The timeless adventure story has been copied many times, decades later by John Woo in Hard Target (1995), but few of the remakes compare to the somewhat tatty but effective original.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
UPC:
0844503000644
Original Release:
1932
Source:
Legend Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame, Colorized]
Time:
1:03:00
Sales rank:
24,019

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Bob Rainsford
Fay Wray Eve Trowbridge
Leslie Banks Count Zaroff
Donald Smith Martin Trowbridge
Steve Clemente Tartar Servant
Noble Johnson Ivan
William B. Davidson Captain
Dutch Hendrian Ships Crew
Hale Hamilton Ships Crew

Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Ernest B. Schoedsack Director,Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Richard Connell Original Story
Merian C. Cooper Producer
James Ashmore Creelman Screenwriter
Henry W. Gerrard Cinematographer
Archie Marshek Editor
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
David O. Selznick Executive Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Most Dangerous Game
1. Shipwrecked and Stranded [9:31]
2. A Forsaken Fortress [4:41]
3. Charming Company [14:54]
4. Dark Secrets Uncovered [10:10]
5. Released Into the Wild [8:38]
6. Unleash the Hounds [:54]
7. The Hunter Meets His Prey [5:34]
8. The Final Concerto [2:08]

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