I had never seen or heard of this low-key delightful treasure until I came across it in VHS in our local library almost 20 years ago. Charles Laughton is superb as a widower with three daughters. The story is set in the north of England before the first World War. Unmarried women past a certain age were to be pitied, drinking (especially to excess) was shameful, girls expected their fathers to increase their chances of marriage by providing large dowries. The oldest daughter, Maggie, splendidly played by Brenda de Banzie (you'll remember her from Hitchcock's Man Who Knew Too Much), is clever but plain and "on the shelf." It is clear from the beginning that she runs the household and the family shoe shop while her father spends most of his time in the pub and her sisters (Daphne Anderson and a very young Prunella Scales - who was John Cleese's wife in Fawlty Towers) are keener on flirting with their beaus. Maggie decides she has had enough slavery and sets her sights on marrying Willie Mossop (John Mills), her father's boot maker. The film is the story of how Maggie gets her wish, while still looking after the future of her father, her sisters and of the family business. Beautifully scripted and acted, it is full of gentle humour and has the best before-and-after-the-wedding-night scenes I have ever seen. Fans of British films will recognize many well-know actors in supporting roles. I bought my own copy in VHS years ago, which became a favourite in my family and with everyone I've lent it to. Thank goodness it is finally out on DVD. My tape was quite worn out!