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The Skin Game (1931)

The Skin Game (1931)




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Two wealthy British families begin fighting over land rights in this comedy drama. One family belongs to the aristocracy and the other to the nouveau riche. The film was an early endeavor by budding-director Alfred Hitchcock and was adapted from a popular stage play.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Warner Home Video

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Edmund Gwenn
as Mr. Hornblower
John Longden
as Charles
C.V. France
as Hillcrest
Helen Haye
as Mrs. Hillcrest
Ronald Frankau
as Auctioneer
Herbert Ross
as Mr. Jackman
Dora Gregory
as Mrs. Jackman
R.E. Jeffrey
as 1st Stranger
George Bancroft
as 2nd Stranger
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Critic Reviews for The Skin Game

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The playing is exceptional, both men and women.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A rather stagy and creaky early talkie (1931) by Alfred Hitchcock.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Stagy and verbose, this British play adaptation is one of the few weak movies Hitchcock had made in an otherwise brilliant career.

Full Review… | November 17, 2012

This early Hitchcock talkie shows none of the mastery that would subsequently make the director an internationally recognized genius.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
TV Guide

All talk and no action.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Skin Game


It gets pretty dull and forgettable. The Hitchcock name can't even help this one. The characters are bleak and stale and the plot is rather bland. It doesn't have a very solid ending either.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer


An interesting early flick from Hitch about two warring families who lose all perspective about what they are fighting for and how to keep their own morals. The film is certainly rough in spots and not horribly exciting but the overall work is entertaining with occasional Hitchcock flourishes that tease of things yet to come. One big highlight though is the auction scene with drips with suspense and is second only to Hitchcock doing another auction year later in North By Northwest.

Matt DeGroot
Matt DeGroot

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