The Most Dangerous Game

Hounds of Zaroff

1932

Irving Pichel
Director
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Director
R.K.O.
Studio

Big game hunter McCrea is the sole survivor of a shipwreck, ending up on an island owned by a Russian count and fellow hunter (Banks). Here he also meets two survivors of an earlier wreck (Armstrong & Wray), and slowly comes to learn that Zaroff is on the hunt for a new kind of prey.

It's a bit creaky in spots, Robert Armstrong's drunken lout is extremely tiresome (intentionally so-the producers were teetotalers), and Zaroff is certainly speaking gibberish instead of Russian, but it all works very well. Banks is a memorable villain, perhaps the archetype for all the James Bond villains that would follow. Often remade, often imitated, by everything from Predator to Gilligan's Island (!), but never surpassed.

Originally 75 minutes, but much footage of Zaroff's gruesome trophies was removed when test audiences reacted a bit squeamishly. A few tantalizing hints remains in the background, but sadly the footage is long lost.

-Dave W.


16th September 1932
Cinema


63 mins
1.37:1

Most Dangerous Game (Special Edition)
8th June 1999
DVD




1.33:1




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Joel McCrea
Bob Rainsford
Fay Wray
Eve Trowbridge
Leslie Banks
Count Zaroff
Robert Armstrong
Martin Trowbridge
Noble Johnson
Ivan
Steve Clemente
Tartar Servant
(as Steve Clemento)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian
Tartar Servant
William B. Davidson
Yacht Captain
James Flavin
First Mate
(uncredited)
Landers Stevens
Doc, Yacht Passenger
(uncredited)
Phil Tead
Yacht Passenger
(uncredited)
Hale Hamilton
Bill, Owner of Yacht
(uncredited)
Arnold Gray
Yacht Passenger
(uncredited)
Lon Chaney Jr.
Stoker #1
(uncredited)
Unknown
Stoker #2
Unknown
Drowning Sailor #1
Unknown
Drowning Sailor #2
Buster Crabbe
Sailor
(uncredited)
Wes Hopper
Rainsford Swimming Ashore
(uncredited)

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