- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 20, 1999
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Delta
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Bonus Clip - DIAL M FOR MURDER
- Introduction: Tony Curtis
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Menu Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
No film director on the planet ever got more diabolical mileage out of family squabbles than Alfred Hitchcock did. In this early (1931) Hitchcock outing he sets two clans against each other in a pint-sized English village. Does it sound like the Hatfields and the McCoys? That's basically what it boils down to as an old and long-established family squares off against another more "progressive" family. As their feud continues, each side becomes more and more determined. Hitchcock, true to form, lets both families battle to the brink of disaster.
This early Hitchcock talkie tells the tale of old money and new money feuding over a family estate in jolly class-conscious England. THE SKIN GAME closely follows the hit London play by John Galsworthy; for the film, Hitchcock was able to elicit superb performances from his stars in this study of the English family and the English class system. The film tracks a fierce rivalry between a landowner and his immediate neighbor, complete with nasty tactics, class-based hostility, and dirty secrets that beg to be unearthed.
A retired aristocratic Englishman, Mr. Hillcrist (C. V. France) sells his estate to a Scotsman, Mr. Hornblower (Edmund Gwenn). The buyer, however, breaks his word not to eject tenants from the estate and goes on to build a factory on the site. The aristocratic family believes they've been conned, calling the arrangement a skin game, and big problems ensue. Both men are determined to buy the property that separates their estates. Hornblower plans to build another factory, while Hillcrist wants to preserve the view from his windows. Vowing to uphold the moral superiority and rights of her family over the land, Mrs. Hillcrist (Helen Haye) resorts to blackmailing the Scotsman's daughter-in-law, Chloe (Phyllis Konstam). Showcasing a combination of long takes and elaborate montage sequences, the film is a faithful adaptation of the popular play by John Galsworthy. It also features fabulous early performances by such future stars as Edmund Gwenn and Helen Hayes.
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- Theatrical Release: February 1931.
- Hitchcock rehearsed every scene by acting the roles himself.
- The film was shot with four cameras and a single soundtrack.