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The Most Dangerous Game

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What's it About

Washed up on a remote island, shipwreck survivor Bob Rainsford (McCrea) stumbles upon a jungle fortress inhabited by Zarloff (Banks), a creepy Russian count with a passion for big-game hunting. Among his "guests" are two other wreck victims, Eve Trowbridge (Wray) and her brother, Martin (Armstrong). Zarloff is hospitable, but drops mysterious hints that he's found renewed vigor in hunting an exotic, novel kind of game. Then Martin disappears, and we discover Zarloff's sick little secret.

Why we love it

Made by RKO during Willis O'Brien's simultaneous production of "King Kong," and utilizing much of the same cast, crew, and sets, this thrilling adaptation of Richard S. Connell's short story about a man who waylays seafarers and then hunts them for sport wowed audiences in 1932. McCrea, playing a professional hunter journeying to Brazil when his ship strikes a reef, is suitably rugged, especially in a breathtaking, cliff-edge fight with one of the Count's vicious hounds. But Wray's woman-in-distress (honing her scream for "Kong," no doubt!) and Banks's slightly campy yet menacing count really drive the picture. Fabulous sets, cogent direction, and a diabolical concept all make this "Game" a visceral pleasure. Imitated many times, but never with as much vigor.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"