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The Skin Game (1931)

director Alfred Hitchcock
producer John Maxwell
writers Alfred Hitchcock (adaptation)
Alma Reville (scenario)
story by John Galsworthy (original play)
starring Edmund Gwenn
Helen Haye
C.V. France
Jill Esmond
Phyllis Konstam
cinematographer Jack E. Cox
editors A R Gobbett
Rene Marrison
running time 88 minutes (7,933 feet)
colour black & white
sound mix mono (RCA Sound Recording)
aspect ratio 1.33:1
studio British International Pictures
availability DVD


A rich family, the Hillcrests, is fighting against the speculator, Hornblower, who sends away poor farmers to build factories on their lands. When Mrs. Hillcrest finds out that Chloe Hornblower was a prostitute, she uses this secret to blackmail the speculator and force him to stop his business.


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released in 2008

1115.gif Chantage (1929) / The Skin Game (1931) - Studio Canal (France, 2008)
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released in 2007

1809.gif The Skin Game (1931) - Lionsgate (USA, 2007) - part of a box set
R1 NTSC 1.33:1
1808.gif The Skin Game (1931) - Optimum Releasing (UK, 2007) - part of a box set
R2 PAL 1.33:1

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Hitchcock's Major Films
1920s The Pleasure Garden · The Mountain Eagle · The Lodger · Downhill · Easy Virtue · The Ring · The Farmer's Wife · Champagne · The Manxman · Blackmail
1930s Juno and the Paycock · Murder! · The Skin Game · Rich and Strange · Number Seventeen · Waltzes from Vienna · The Man Who Knew Too Much · The 39 Steps · Secret Agent · Sabotage · Young and Innocent · The Lady Vanishes · Jamaica Inn
1940s Rebecca · Foreign Correspondent · Mr and Mrs Smith · Suspicion · Saboteur · Shadow of a Doubt · Lifeboat · Spellbound · Notorious · The Paradine Case · Rope · Under Capricorn
1950s Stage Fright · Strangers on a Train · I Confess · Dial M for Murder · Rear Window · To Catch a Thief · The Trouble with Harry · The Man Who Knew Too Much · The Wrong Man · Vertigo · North by Northwest
1960s Psycho · The Birds · Marnie · Torn Curtain · Topaz
1970s Frenzy · Family Plot
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