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The Skin Game (1931)

 -  Drama  -  20 June 1931 (USA)
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An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
C.V. France ...
Helen Haye ...
Jill Esmond ...
Jill - The Hillcrists
...
John Longden ...
Charles - The Hornblowers
Phyllis Konstam ...
Chloe - The Hornblowers
Frank Lawton ...
Herbert Ross ...
Dora Gregory ...
Edward Chapman ...
R.E. Jeffrey ...
George Bancroft ...
Second Stranger
Ronald Frankau ...
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A rich family, the Hillcrests, is fighting against the speculator, Hornblower, who sends away poor farmers to build factories on their lands. When Mrs. Hillcrest finds out that Chloe Hornblower was a prostitute, she uses this secret to blackmail the speculator and force him to stop his business. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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20 June 1931 (USA)  »

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The Skin Game  »

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Runtime:

(Hypercube restored)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Jill: Hello. I say, I see they're cutting down the trees in Longmeadow.
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Soundtracks

Habanera
(1875) (uncredited)
from "Carmen"
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Excerpt whistled by Jill Esmond
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Not typical Hitchcock, but not bad.
15 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Technical crudities, print/sound deficiencies and dated acting styles taken into consideration, "Skin Game" still has innovative (for the time) camera techniques and thematic ambiguity (who is right and who is wrong? Who are the true villains of the story?) and is generally better than other, more "typical" Hitchcock films of the period, like "Murder!" from 1930.Edmund Gwenn is terrific and Phyllis Constam is quite sexy. (**1/2)


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