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The Most Dangerous Game [1932]

Director:Ernest B. Schoedsack
Irving Pichel
Writer:James Ashmore Creelman
Composer:Max Steiner
Length:63 minutes
(1 hour 3 minutes)
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Thriller
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.

Reaction: It could be paced a bit quicker in the beginning, but this one creates a nice and creepy atmosphere.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Ernest B. Schoedsack => Director
Irving Pichel => Director
James Ashmore Creelman => Writer
Max Steiner => Composer
Richard Connell => Short Story
Fay Wray => Eve
Hale Hamilton => Bill - Owner of Yacht (uncredited)
James Flavin => First Mate on Yacht (uncredited)
Joel McCrea => Bob
Landers Stevens => Doc' - Passenger on Yacht (uncredited)
Leslie Banks => Zaroff
Noble Johnson => Ivan
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian => Tarter Servant (uncredited)
Robert Armstrong => Martin
Steve Clemente => Tartar (as Steve Clemento)
William B. Davidson => Captain (as William Davidson)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The actor playing "Ivan the Cossack" was Noble Johnson, a multi-talented African American who was a childhood friend of [?] Lon Chaney. This is the earliest known instance of a black actor working in "whiteface" to play a Caucasian character.
  • Most of the standing sets from King Kong were used in the making of this film, including the King Kong gate (which was eventually burned down in the "Burning of Atlanta" sequence of Gone with the Wind). This film and King Kong were shot at the same time, though "Kong" was released later (probably due to the special effects required for "Kong").
  • Contemporary Film Daily news items list Lon Chaney Jr., [?] Cornelius Keefe, [?] Walter McGrail and Ray Milland to the cast, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.
  • Debut of Leslie Banks.
  • Zaroff's dogs were Great Danes borrowed from Harold Lloyd. While big, Great Danes are not especially threatening, so with their coats subsequently darkened and they were filmed at an especially low angle to appear more menacing.
  • During WWI, Leslie Banks suffered a disfiguring injury that paralyzed the left side of his face. Never once letting this injury interrupt his career, he went back to the stage after his release from service in 1918, and within six years was an international stage star. He was one of the most popular British actors on Broadway throughout most of the 1920s since his appearance in the 1924 production of Peter Pan as Captain Hook.
  • The trophy room scenes were much longer in the preview version of 78 minutes: there were more heads in jars. But there was also an emaciated sailor, stuffed and mounted next to a tree where he was impaled by Zaroff's arrow, and another full-body figure stuffed, with the bodies of two of the hunting dogs mounted in a death grip. Preview audiences cringed and shuddered at the head in the bottle and the mounted heads, but when they saw the mounted figures and heard Zaroff's dialog describing in detail how each man had died, they began heading for the exit - so these shots disappeared.
  • The original story by Richard Connell is one of the most anthologized short stories of all time.
  • Jungle sets were also used for simultaneous filming of jungle scenes in King Kong and some of the screams of the sailors as the ship sinks are the same as the screams of the sailors in King Kong when Kong shakes them off the log.
  • One of Rainsford's shipmates quotes the first lines from {The Wreck of the Hesperus} by [?] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.