Two clans are set against each other in an English village. As their feud continues, each side becomes more determined, battling to the brink of disaster before coming to a resolution. Includes an intro by Tony Curtis an... more »d the original theatrical trailer for Hitchcock?s classic, "Dial M For Murder" Menus: English ? Spanish ? Chinese ? Japanese
Subtitles: Spanish ? Chinese ? Japanese B&W/85 min.« less
"Rumour has it, Hitchcock was forced by British International Pictures to direct this film against his will and one would be tempted to believe it after only a few minutes into the film. The movie is a boring, plodding feature about 2 rival land owners who like to talk talk talk!! Little to no action, little to no character motivation, little to no interest. Hitchcock appeared to be more interested in applying his talents elsewhere. ...As if the film isn't bad enough on it's own, this terrible, terrible video transfer by Laserlite makes the miserable experience even worse! Laserlight simply copied an already existing VHS transfer of the film, which is made apparent by several VHS tracking flaws in the film. This is totally unacceptable on a DVD! To make matters worse, the cropping is the worst I've ever seen in any movie transfer! In some scenes entire heads are cut off, leaving the viewer listening to disembodied voices talking and talking and talking for long periods of time. Wether or not the bad cropping was caused by Laserlite or the VHS transfer is irrelevant. It's bad and it shouldn't be printed this way on DVD. No matter how bad a film is, it shouldn't be treated in such a manner. The Dial M for Murder trailer and Tony Curtis' uninformed banter do not improve the entertainment experience one bit. Don't let this turn you off of these Laserlite Hitchcock DVDs, though. Most of them are good and a couple, even excellent. This is not one of those.1 star to Hitchcock for not trying very hard in 1931, and 1 star star to Laserlite for not trying very hard in 1998"
Great suspense build-up, abrupt ending
S. Schonberger | near Seattle, WA, USA | 06/24/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hitchcock may be the master of suspense, but this movie doesn't show that mastery fully-developed. The movie starts out strong, and builds to a great climax, but then wraps up abruptly. The movie shows much of Hitchcock's skill at building suspense, but doesn't deliver an ending to match the rising tension. It's too bad, because the build-up is very strong. Pay attention to the epilogue scene for great use of irony.About the title: A "skin game" means a swindle, trick, or scam.The movie starts with Hornblower (Edmund Gwenn) buying property from the proud, proper English landowner Hillcrest (C.V. France), assuring him that the tenant farmers would be allowed to stay. Soon Hornblower evicts them to build factories, because he is a man of progress and industry. Hillcrest is outraged, and sets out to stop Hornblower's efforts to buy up land for more factories.Hillcrest attempts to slow down Hornblower's land purchases by rigging an auction on some property that's up for sale. But Hornblower figures out the scheme, and outsmarts Hillcrest with his own tricks. Hillcrest escalates the feud by hiring a man to dig up dirt on Hornblower and his family.For a longer version of this review, with spoilers (and a spoiler warning), see IMDB."
A good one if you have Neighbors From Hades next door!
melvin | 08/14/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The movie was indeed boring in parts and the dialogue was insufferable at times---but the kernals of truth that popped out here and there were priceless. If you have a next door neighbor who is oblivious to reality and how he or she is negatively impacting your neighborhood---(as I do!) you HAVE to watch this flick! Some great one-liners I won't forget came out of this one! Mary from Northville (And keep praying---that they move!)"
Forgetable early Hitchcock movie.
E. Parsons | 06/25/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a review of the Laserlight DVD release of 'The Skin Game'. This is one of several early Hitchcock films that I'm sure would have been lost without trace had Hitchcock's name not appeared on the credits. In fact, Hitckcock probably wished it had disappeared without trace; there really is very little to commend this dull, boring movie. As for the DVD itself, the picture and sound quality are of an acceptable standard and Laserlight has also included a trailer for 'Dial M For Murder'. But there's no getting away from the fact that this is a cheapie DVD for Hitchcock completists only."
If you don't expect Hitchcock, you might like it.!!
Operafilly | Fallbrook, Ca United States | 09/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gwenn is the familiar standout, pushy and obnoxious......sort of an unclassy guy who got rich and now wants to push the aristocracy around. He exudes vitality and cunning and the game is on. But the blows get lower and lower. The moral standards of both rivals are slowly compromised as they get more desperate to defeat eachother. It might help to be English and understand how entrenched "class" is. I had an English husband so I got some indoctrination into things and attitudes British. Gwenn sees nothing wrong with breaking a business promise (that causes the situation) yet he expects promises he extracts to be honored. The game is between him and the lady aristocrat, as her husband was disgusted with her tactics, but too weak to stop her.
It is not a fast paced movie. But the plot and tension slowly build and you end up with characters that have morally destroyed themselves in trying to destroy each other.. Very fascinating how the original motives slowly change......What was an excuse for the fight, becomes barely an afterthought.