The Skin Game (1931)
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This uncharacteristic Alfred Hitchcock endeavor was adapted by Hitch and his wife, Alma Reville, from a play by John Galsworthy. The British countryside turns into an ideological battlefield when Hornblower (Edmund Gwenn), a wealthy, self-man tradesman, stakes his claim to a piece of valuable forest property controlled for literally centuries by the "landed gentry." The local squire (C.V. France) and his wife (Helen Haye) dig in their heels and refuse to acknowledge Hornblower's presence -- how dare he use mere money to challenge the rights of blood? Their genteel snobbery is every bit as obnoxious as Hornblower's brash effrontery, and the result is a film with virtually no heroes or villains whatever. Never in any future film did Hitchcock ever lobby so strong an attack on the smug implacability of the aristocracy -- perhaps wisely, since The Skin Game proved to be one of his least-successful films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for The Skin Game
Mr. Galsworthy's narrative is bound to enlist one's attention, but Mr. Hitchcock, who is responsible for the adaptation as well as the direction, cannot be said to have accomplished either task in a fashion the subject deserves.
Stagy and verbose, this British play adaptation is one of the few weak movies Hitchcock had made in an otherwise brilliant career.
This early Hitchcock talkie shows none of the mastery that would subsequently make the director an internationally recognized genius.
Audience Reviews for The Skin Game
One of my favourite early Hitchcock movies. Greed and wealth fuels a family feud which could end in tragedy.More
An early effort from Hitchcock, "The Skin Game" is a drama that deals with the snobbish ideals of the aristocracy and wasn't very successful due probably somewhat to this fact. The film has several characters who are all quite hard to identify as either the "good or bad" character as they all have their own issues and all do questionable things throughout the film. While this is a rather slow and uninspiring affair that only has trace amounts of Hitchcock's genius in it, such as the auction scene that would be utilized in "North by Northwest" later on. A whole lot of talking and threats with no actions followed through with is what overall hinders the film and renders it rather low in Hitchcock's immense and way more impressive catalog of films he would go on to direct. I'd recommend this only for Hitchcock fans that want to view all of his work.More
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