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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:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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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

Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) 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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a much overlooked early Hitchcock work
31 December 2004 | by gavinlockeySee all my reviews

I feel many writers and critics, David Sterritt, Donald Spoto to name but two are too dismissive of this movie. With the technological restrictions of the very early talkie, Hitchcock as used his artistry to compose fluidity and cinematic suture to a rather stolid Galsworthy play. Already mentioned are the innovative zip pans, he also has intelligent use of dissolve, symbolism aplenty within montage sequences, sheep v horn (Hillcrest v Hornblower). The juxtaposition in the opening sequence of the car and the horse sets the theme beautifully. Occasionally there is daring reverse shots of the same objects defying the 180 degree rule, especially noticeable as we break into the proscenium arch of theatre.


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