With Alfred Hitchcock its director, more was expected. The story appears to be run through in a straight style as though closely following John Galsworthy's London stage hit.

With Alfred Hitchcock its director, more was expected. The story appears to be run through in a straight style as though closely following John Galsworthy’s London stage hit.

The playing is exceptional, both men and women. Edmund Gwenn, Phyllis Konstam, Jill Esmond and C.V. France will be accepted likely as the best performers, and into that group must go Helen Haye who is the best. Haye plays the elderly aristocratic wife.

Galsworthy wrote way over the head of the peasants for this one. Story is of a retired Englishman who sold his estate to a Scotsman. The buyer broke his word not to eject tenants on the estate and not to further build on a factory site. So the aristocratic family called it a ‘skin game.’ To assert the family’s moral rights and enforce the verbal obligation, the wife (Haye) connives to uncover the past of the Scotsman’s daughter-in-law.

The Skin Game

UK

Production

BIP. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer John Maxwell; Screenplay Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville; Camera Jack Cox, Charles Martin; Editor Rene Harrison, A. Gobbett

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Edmund Gwenn Jill Esmond John Longden C.V. France Helen Haye Frank Lawton
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