The Skin Game
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This uncharacteristic Alfred Hitchcock endeavor was adapted by Hitch and his wife, Alma Reville, from a play by John Galsworthy. The British countryside turns into an ideological battlefield when Hornblower (Edmund Gwenn), a wealthy, self-man tradesman, stakes his claim to a piece of valuable forest property controlled for literally centuries by the "landed gentry." The local squire (C.V. France) and his wife (Helen Haye) dig in their heels and refuse to acknowledge Hornblower's presence -- how dare he use mere money to challenge the rights of blood? Their genteel snobbery is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The playing is exceptional, both men and women."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Stagy and verbose, this British play adaptation is one of the few weak movies Hitchcock had made in an otherwise brilliant career."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"This early Hitchcock talkie shows none of the mastery that would subsequently make the director an internationally recognized genius."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A rather stagy and creaky early talkie (1931) by Alfred Hitchcock."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"All talk and no action."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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