The Most Dangerous Game

I recently saw the 1932 film version of this story, and I really enjoyed it. Leslie Banks, who plays Zaroff, the eccentric Russian gentleman who hunts humans for sport on his own private island, gives a wonderfully hammy performance, Fay Wray is gorgeous, and Joel McCrea is a total stud. It was great, so I thought I'd check out the story it was based on.

Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is a great read. It actually has fewer characters than the movie, and moves more quickly. It's one o

I recently saw the 1932 film version of this story, and I really enjoyed it. Leslie Banks, who plays Zaroff, the eccentric Russian gentleman who hunts humans for sport on his own private island, gives a wonderfully hammy performance, Fay Wray is gorgeous, and Joel McCrea is a total stud. It was great, so I thought I'd check out the story it was based on.

Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is a great read. It actually has fewer characters than the movie, and moves more quickly.

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It's one of those stories with such a great premise that most people know what it's about whether or not they've read it, and have very likely seen at least one film or episode of a TV show inspired by it. Connell easily could have drawn out his story, but he keeps it lean and mean. It's a very suspenseful, involving story, and, while timeless, is clearly a product of the post-Great War "lost generation." The protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, is horrified by General Zaroff's pursuits, to which Zaroff responds, "One does not expect nowadays to find a young man of the educated class, even in America, with such a naive, and, if I may say so, mid-Victorian point of view. It's like finding a snuffbox in a limousine." This conversation between Zaroff is a bit like some of the humanism vs. natural selection debates the two main characters in Jack London's The Sea Wolf have, only distilled down to a couple of paragraphs, and followed by a totally awesome fight to the death.

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