Tuesday, July 28, 2015


From Wikipedia:

"The Most Dangerous Game", also published as "The Hounds of Zaroff", is a short story by Richard Connell, first published in Collier's book on January 19, 1924. The story features a big-game hunter from New York who falls off a yacht and swims to an isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Cossack aristocrat. The story is inspired by the big-game hunting safaris in Africa and South America that were particularly fashionable among wealthy Americans in the 1920s.

Richard Connell was never portrayed on television like his contemporaries Dorothy Parker, Hemingway, Hammett, Lovecraft, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  But as with everybody who ever lived in the Trueniverse, Connell had a televersion in Earth Prime-Time.  We just never got to see him on our TV screens.

"The Most Dangerous Game" is Connell's most famous story, but in Toobworld the entry in Wikipedia is wrong.  The story was not inspired by hunting safaris; it was inspired by a murder case in Toronto in 1902.


From the IMDb:
Detective Murdoch investigates a series of deaths in which the killer severs the victims' right thumb. The murders have all occurred in quick succession and are somehow related to the racing sheet for the 7th race at Woodbine - only there is no 7th race. There are very few clues for them to go on and Murdoch soon realizes that he has been added to the list of possible victims. Constable Crabtree meanwhile is crushed by the unexpected return of Edna's husband, who everyone thought was dead. His feelings aside, he is outraged when he realizes that the man has beaten her. When Edna's husband is found dead, all of the evidence points to Crabtree as the killer. 
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One of the participants in this "game" was only known by the Trueniverse audience as "Big Game Hunter".  And with his accent, there's no way he could have been Zaroff.  However, he may have been the inspiration for Connell's character in the short story.

Zaroff does exist in Toobworld as a family name.  The Doctor faced off against Professor Zaroff in the 'Doctor Who' episode "The Underwater Menace."



Hugh said...

While Richard Connell was never portrayed on television, his name was used as an alias (and as a major clue) for a killer on the first season of Dollhouse. Echo is programmed to be the date for a man ("Richard Connell") on a hunting/hiking excursion, only to discover once on it that she is to be hunted for her life.

Toby O'B said...

Thank you, Hugh! That serves as an excellent confirmation that he had to exist in Toobworld. I remember that episode. Wasn't it the Middleman actor playing the role?