The Most Dangerous Game (film)
|The Most Dangerous Game|
|Directed by||Irving Pichel
Ernest B. Schoedsack
|Produced by||Ernest B. Schoedsack
Merian C. Cooper
|Written by||Richard Connell (story)
James Ashmore Creelman
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Cinematography||Henry W. Gerrard|
|Editing by||Archie Marshek|
|Studio||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release dates||September 16, 1932|
|Running time||63 minutes|
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (December 2011)|
The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name by Richard Connell, the first film version of that story. The plot concerns a big game hunter on an island who hunts humans for sport. The film stars Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, and King Kong leads Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong, and was made by a team including Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, the co-directors of King Kong (1933).
Cast (in credits order)
- Joel McCrea as Bob Rainsford
- Fay Wray as Eve
- Robert Armstrong as Martin
- Leslie Banks as Count Zaroff
- Noble Johnson as Ivan
- Steve Clemente as Tartar
- William B. Davidson as Captain
- Buster Crabbe as a sailor who falls off the boat when it is sinking.
The film made a profit of $70,000 during its first year of release.
Adaptations and influence
The Richard Connell short story has been adapted for film a number of times, and its basic concept has been borrowed for numerous films and episodes of television series (Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, Get Smart, Fantasy Island, and Predators among others).
The 1932 film was referenced in the plot of the 2007 David Fincher movie Zodiac. Jake Gyllenhaal's character recognizes quotes from the film in letters from the Zodiac Killer sent to the newspaper office where he works.
||This section contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. (December 2011)|
"He talks of wine and women as a prelude to the hunt. We barbarians know that it is after the chase, and then only, that man revels. You know the saying of the Ogandi chieftains: "Hunt first the enemy, then the woman." It is the natural instinct. The blood is quickened by the kill. One passion builds upon another. Kill, then love! When you have known that, you have known ecstasy."
— General Zaroff
"This world's divided into two kinds of people: the hunter and the hunted. Luckily I'm the hunter. Nothing can change that."
— Bob Rainsford
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p39
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