IA #72: The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

 The Most Dangerous Game (1932) on IMDb

You know that old story theme of a deranged sportsman who hunts humans on a private reserve? The Most Dangerous Game was the first movie to tell that story. It stars Joel McCrea as a big-game hunter whose ship washes up near a small island. He swims ashore and meets its owner, an expatriate Russian Count who tells him that others have similarly become stranded there. Soon the hunter literally becomes the hunted.

This movie was made on the jungle sets for King Kong, shooting at night. (Fay Wray starred in both movies, which makes me wonder when she got any sleep.) It’s another important classic film in the Internet Archive Top 100.