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
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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 »
Hello. I say, I see they're cutting down the trees in Longmeadow.
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"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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