The Skin Game

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min


I say, I see they're cutting

down the trees in Longmeadow.

Are they? I say, Jill, I hardly

ever see you now. 'tis rotten.

Why are they cutting

down those trees?

Why... wants to build more cottages.

Wants every cottage he

can get for his workmen.

Always work.

They simply

spoil the place.

You going to take the same

attitude as your people?

What attitude?

Oh, this high and mighty

we've-owned-the-land- forever business.

It is rather snobbish,

you know.

Do you know your mother

hasn't even called our clan?

Mmm, I know.

I'm awfully sorry.

I know she ought

to call.

My brother Charlie

and she don't like it,

nor does my father,

I can tell you.

Mr. Hornblower never to have found

that land without those works.

Oh, that's rather

dog in the manger.

No. I like you,

but I don't like him,

and I don't like

his works.

You might realize that we've

been here since elizabeth

and rather naturally

love the place.

And can't bear to see

it being spoiled.

Well, you call it spoiling;

we call it progress.

My father's a very

clever man, you know.

He's just as human

as yours.

Since mother died, he's been

absolutely wrapped up in us.

All this getting on

is for us.

He thinks he's entitled to

a little influence here,

and you and the girls

try to stop him.

You ought to be just, Jill.

I am just,

and I want awfully

to be on good terms.


he's so pushy.

You won't let it

come between us, will you?

I don't know.

I hate it, too,

but I don't know.

Oh, well, I must

be getting along.



See you soon, I hope.

Take them sheep out

of the road, will you?

Take them away!

Come down here, and I'll

tell you what I'll do to you

in about half...

I keep on telling you,

it's no good, sir.

I'm sorry,

but I want the cottages.

You'll have to clear out.

Mr. Hornblower, I'm sure mr. Hillcrist

would never have turned us out.


mr. Hillcrist be damned.

Sir, mr. Hillcrist told us

when he sold the land to you

that it was on condition that we and

the others shouldn't be turned out.

Yes, well, I didn't think

I'd need the cottages then,

but now, I must have them

for my workmen.

I've got important

works, you know.

Well, look here now.

I don't want to be hard on you

I'll give you 5

to cover the whole thing.

We wouldn't

take 50.

Why, we've brought up 3

children here, and I've buried 2.

We're very attached

to it, you see, sir.

Yes, I... well,

look here, now.

I'll give you 10, eh?

Here, I'll send a wagon

to ship your things.

Here, here,

if that isn't fair, hmm?


Well, you better accept.

I shan't keep it open.

Won't take it.

Not a farthing.

Why, we come here

when we was married.

Well, I was

going to give you another week,

but now you'll go out

next saturday.

All right?

Now, take care

you're not late,

or your things will be

pulled out in the rain.

You're no gentleman.

Don't put temptation

in my way, that's all.

Yes, and you can tell your fine

friend Hillcrist what's happening

anyway, I'll soon

let him know.

Here's your hat.

We'll go right on up

and see the squire now.

When I sold Longmeadow and

the cottages to Hornblower,

it was on the distinct


that there was to be no

disturbance of tenancy.

He's no gentleman,


He put it so brisk.

We've been there 30 years.

So now we don't know

what to do.

I hope you'll excuse us

coming round, sir.

I should think so,


I certainly would

never have sold

if I had known he was

going to do this.

They talk about his having

bought the centry, sir,

to put up

more chimneys there.

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John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy (; 14 August 1867 – 31 January 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906–1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932. more…

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