The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Article #251 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-22-2001
Posting date: 4-7-2002

A hunter’s yacht sinks near an island, and he is the only survivor. He finds the island inhabited by Count Zoroff, who has dedicated his life to hunting “the most dangerous game”—man.

At least two other official versions of this story exist; this one is easily the best. Helmed by the same people who gave us KING KONG, and shot on some of the same sets as that movie (you might recognize the log), this was released earlier even though it was shot afterwards; KONG’s release was held up by the animation. Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Noble Johnson are all on hand from the cast of KONG, along with Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks. The movie starts off with a bang, but then slows down a little before building up steam again as it progresses. There are some great little moments here and there; Count Zoroff ordering his servant to smile, Count Zoroff offering a cigarette to the hunter and snubbing the drunk brother of the heroine, and the hunt itself. The final shot is stunning.

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