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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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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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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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Trivia

The title comes from a slang phrase for "an unscrupulous business operation." Although this is a British movie, the term is considered American and dates back to just after the American Civil War (1865-1870). (Not to be confused with the similar-sounding monetary aphorism, "to have skin in the game," which refers to someone who has invested heavily in a business deal or wager.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jill: Hello. I say, I see they're cutting down the trees in Longmeadow.
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Referenced in Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Jill Esmond a cappella
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Dragging but not awful
27 July 2001 | by lauloiSee all my reviews

"The Skin Game" is not exactly classic Hitchcock-- no one could dispute that. But I still think it does not entirely deserve its bad ratings. There are a few--not too many, but a few-- interesting scenes and surprises. The characters are fairly sympathetic and well-drawn.

I think the fault of "The Skin Game" lies not in the fact that it is a stage-bound play-- Hitchcock worked wonders on screen with stage-bound plays, notably "Rope" and "Dial M for Murder". Perhaps it is that the emotions of the characters are not focused upon-- the camera keeps rather too distant. If the tone were more personal in this film, the performers might have a better chance to hold our interest.

If you are looking for entertainment and stimulation that one can normally find in a Hitchcock-- better to look somewhere else.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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