The Skin Game tells the story of an ideological battle which is waged between two very different familes over a piece of land in the British countryside. The Hornblowers, a wealthy family, has just purchased a large amount of the countryside and has begun to industrialize the area. This doesn't sit well with the Hillcrests, local squires who are disgusted by the Hornblowers greedy ways and vow to stop them from taking the land. An early Hitchcock film that is very different from most of his output, the Skin Game presents a story that has no protagonists or antagonists but rather is tale of morality. The Hornblowers brashness is counteracted by the Hillcrest's entitlement and snobbery with both families doing whatever it takes to win. The Hornblowers seem to represent the modern times and industrial age while the Hillcrest represent a more old-school, ancestral philosophy over their land. The film is dialogue heavy and except for a few small scene, doesn't feature many of the trademarks that would later become associated with Hitchcock. There is one scene near the very end of the film which perfectly captures the entire film, as these old men fight, the young suffer. This is quite a powerful film about how one's Will and Greed can blind individuals and cause them to destroy something far more important than what they initially were fighting for. Obviously, I am being vague cause I don't want to give anything away. I'm really quite surprised this film doesn't receive more praise as it's well put together, though-provoking and features a rather powerful emotional ending. "What's gentility worth? If you can't stand the fire."