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1932's “The Most Dangerous Game” at free BYU film series Oct. 12

The Brigham Young University Motion Picture Film Series will screen “The Most Dangerous Game” Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium as part of its 14th season of archived film showings. The film stars Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Leslie Banks and runs for 63 minutes.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and early arrival is encouraged for an assured seat. Children age eight and over are welcome. BYU dress standards apply.

In 1932, the geniuses behind the legendary “King Kong”—Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack—were the right ones to adapt Richard Connell’s story of a hunter shipwrecked on an island and hunted in turn by a sadistic Russian prince. The explorer filmmakers had “Kong” stars  Wray and Armstrong appear in both films simultaneously and added young star McCrea to “The Most Dangerous Game.” Together they made this early film a thrilling standout aided by a gripping musical score by Max Steiner, the pioneer of movie music.

Also shown will be “Chapter Three” of the 1939 serial “Dick Tracy’s G-Men.” One chapter will be shown with each of the 15 film screenings during the entire series season through May 2013.

The BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series is an ongoing series of classic American motion pictures from the permanent collection of the Motion Picture Archive at BYU’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The series is co-sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and Dennis & Linda Gibson.

For more information contact James D’Arc at (801) 422-6371, james_darc@byu.edu.

Writer: Preston Wittwer

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