THE SKIN GAME

(1931)
With Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, Phyllis Konstam, John Longden
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     Stagy and dull early talkie from Hitchcock about a battle between a family and a speculator over land ownership. When it's discovered that the speculator's wife was a former prostitute, the family blackmails him into keeping his hands off their land. A few good moments -- such as a well-paced auction scene that makes use of "zip" pans -- save this one from the bottom of the barrel, but otherwise it's just another studio-enforced film from Hitchcock's formative years.   - JL

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