The Skin Game (1931)
The Skin Game (1931)
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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
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.
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.
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.
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