Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Skin Game (1931)

Apparently a film that Hitchcock was obliged to do to finish out his contract with British International Pictures. It shows. It's not terrible exactly but it lacks energy and spark. Edmund Gwenn is good as a nouveau riche landowner in a battle with the local gentry. His daughter-in-law becomes a pawn in their game and it all ends badly. Standard melodrama with a couple of nice Hitchcock touches, including some ingenious match-cuts.

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