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The Skin Game (1931)

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

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

John Galsworthy (a talking film by), Alfred Hitchcock (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
C.V. France ... Mr. Hillcrist
Helen Haye ... Mrs. Hillcrist
Jill Esmond ... Jill Hillcrist
Edmund Gwenn ... Mr. Hornblower
John Longden ... Charles Hornblower
Phyllis Konstam ... Chloe Hornblower
Frank Lawton ... Rolf Hornblower
Herbert Ross Herbert Ross ... Mr. Jackman
Dora Gregory Dora Gregory ... Mrs. Jackman
Edward Chapman ... Dawker
R.E. Jeffrey ... First Stranger
George Bancroft George Bancroft ... Second Stranger
Ronald Frankau ... Auctioneer
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csalás See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Hypercube restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Edmund Gwenn and Helen Haye reprised their roles as Mr. Hornblower and Ivy Hillcrist from The Skin Game (1921). See more »

Quotes

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

Version of Kraft Theatre: The Skin Game (1952) See more »

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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A Bland Early Hitchcock Film
6 May 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

The Skin Game is mediocre at best when it comes to stories - a story of two rich families with a petty argument between them which turns into an all out war of families feuding with a very tragic ending. All this drama over a petty argument.

The best parts of the film is the auction, just as others have mentioned. It really is an intense scene and very well filmed at that. I loved the camera motion here when we saw the auctioneer's view point with edits to view the auctioneer as well. The other best part of the film is the ending, it's sad, tragic and nicely filmed as well. The rest of the movie is very, very dry or bland.

The film is worth watching if you are really into young Alfred Hitchcock's directing career or just want to see a melodrama that you have yet to see. I would not say this is a film that most people would enjoy - I honestly believe that most would be bored to tears unless they are viewing the auction scene.

5/10


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