…I find this piece eerily intriguing not only for it’s brilliant premise but also because part of it was apparently quoted by infamous serial killer “The Zodiac” from the 1960’s and 70’s. Welcome to the Most Dangerous Game from 1932…
Starring: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks
Directed by: Irving Pichel/Ernest B. Schoedsack
Ratings: Internet Movie Data Base; 7.3/10 …Rotten Tomatoes; 100%
Our Rating; 8.5/10
The Most Dangerous Game (1932). A big-game hunter, Sanger Rainsford is shipwrecked upon a suspicious island and finds the castle-fortress of Count Zaroff, an eccentric but welcoming Cossack.
Zaroff is not alone however, being accompanied by several Cossack servants and some recently received “guests”.
Apparently they’ve also been shipwrecked and while several have mysteriously gone missing since arriving at the Castle, a brother and sister remain, awaiting aid from the next passing ship.
Their Mysterious Host
Count Zaroff, we learn, is also an ardent hunter and entertains his visitors with stories of his cunning prowess and how he has become tired of the easy prey that is animal. He now seeks to hunt a new animal.
The most dangerous of all…
After her brother then disappears, sister Eve anxiously implores Rainsford to help her search for him. Together they soon discover the Count’s “trophy room” and are confronted with the shocking horror of their situation.
Their worst fears are realized when they are forced to partake in a game of “outdoor chess” through the thick jungle of the inhospitable island…
This film has a great plot based on a short story by Richard Connell. But it is also superbly filmed too with a real sense of foreboding which leads to terrific suspense.
Camera work is used skillfully and with the accompaniment of a sweeping musical score. In particular, the zoom-in close-up of Leslie Banks (Zaroff) from Eve’s perspective atop the stairs when he promises to “look after ” her brother!
The pursuit through the jungle is highly exciting with more up-close camera tricks and a genuine tension being built.
The Most Dangerous Game from 1932 is a very successful telling of a thrilling story.
I absolutely loved the Most Dangerous Game from 1932, I hope you’ve found this review helpful and get to check the film out for yourself as soon as possible. Any comments? Please leave in the space provided below. Always great to get feedback. ∼Jamie.