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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.

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Cast

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

All Critics (19)

The technical merits aren't spectacular or precise, but the premise is the stuff of seminal adventure tales.

July 29, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Even if it takes far too long to get to the "twist" that we all see coming from the first five minutes, the pre-Code brutality of The Most Dangerous Game makes it a fascinating watch, right down to that sick and satisfying final shot.

March 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are several points of improvement to the movie, but none of the posterior film versions managed to reach its level. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

October 10, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

August 15, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

August 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Most Dangerous Game

½

Englishman Leslie Banks has a whale of a time as a mad Russian on a faraway island who enjoys giving dinner parties, a stiff drink, a good cigar, some light piano playing and then perhaps a midnight hunt. But who hunts in the middle of the night? Joel McCrea joins Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong (both fresh from King Kong, and they use those sets too) on a not-so-magical trip to a desert island. Rousing adventure.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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

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