The Most Dangerous Game. 1932. USA. Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Irving Pichel. 63 min.
Screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, from the story by Richard Connell. With Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Leslie Banks. The first and most famous adaptation of Richard Connell’s 1924 short story casts a young, not-quite-formed McCrea as a famous big game hunter who finds himself washed ashore on a tropical island controlled by a mad Russian count (Leslie Banks) who enjoys a good hunt himself. Produced by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, and shot at the same time as their _King Kong_—with which the film shares cast members Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong, several sets, and a lively sense of primitive urges.