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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.

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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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

January 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

November 17, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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

March 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

All talk and no action.

June 10, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Skin Game

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

One of my favourite early Hitchcock movies. Greed and wealth fuels a family feud which could end in tragedy.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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