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Monday, July 08, 2013

A Most Dangerous Game Replayed


Widmark and Jane Greer in Run For The Sun (1956)

Persuasive remake of The Most Dangerous Game that delays jungle chasing till a final third, after a wade through back stories of Richard Widmark, Jane Greer, and baddie team Trevor Howard and Peter Van Eyck, the latter late of treason/war crimes to update 1932 adapt of the yarn. Color brightens foliage, with unintended result a '56 jungle less threatening than one that enveloped Joel McCrea and Fay Wray before. The set-up eats time we spend in eager wait for the human hunt, knowing that's the thrust of Richard Connell's story after all, romance not needed but there in accord with 50's "A" pic pattern. Run's Widmark is a writer, softened by alcohol overuse, as opposed to big-game hunter and ripped all-round Joel McCrea in the original, but still we're asked to believe Dick can rig a sophisticated trap for bush pursuers. Here's where you need a player of RW's ability to overcome scripting incredulity, which he more or less does. Eddie Muller gave harrowing account of the price Jane Greer paid for doing Run For The Sun in his fine collection of actress profiles, Dark City Dames. Done in SuperScope, Run For The Sun is rendered nicely on MGM Demand disc.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dave K said...

And the funny thing is how little this credited remake has to do with the short story or the '32 film while the celluloid jungle is overstocked with unauthorized rip-offs (B features and TV episodes) that follow the original quite closely.

Saw it as a kid, didn't catch up with it until last year on Netflix streaming. Had forgotten EVERYTHING about it until the great bullet gag at the very end. Now THAT was something a 12 year old wold remember!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Strictly chronologically speaking, isn't Run for the Sun a remake of 1945's A Game of Death, directed by Robert Wise? Best wishes, Mark

3:52 PM  
Blogger John McElwee said...

I guess we could sure enough say that it was a remake of a remake!

6:49 PM  

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