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Charles Laughton , John Mills , David Lean    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 4 2014
By eltee
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This is one of the best movies I have watched. It is a good family movie and very funny. I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great old classic! Jan. 2 2013
By Risé
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An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie... March 23 2009
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If you're a fan of this era of movies and actors(actresses), this is one of the best. Even my young son (19 years old) said it held his attention and was "not as bad as I thought it would be" . This is high praise coming from him. As for myself,I thought it was great and highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most underappreciated movies ever! Aug. 30 2009
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch, "by gum!" July 15 2011
The story opens in Victorian times, where Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a wealthy boot shop owner, despite being a selfish blowhard and a drunkard who spends his days and nights at the pub. When he tells his smart, spinster daughter (Brenda de Banzie) that she's too old to marry, she takes matters into her own hands and marries an unlikely candidate (John Mills).

This is an absolutely delightful movie with endearing characters, a funny plot, and witty dialogue and it was directed by David Lean. Laughton is very good as the blustering father, but Brenda de Banzie steals the show. She plays a strong-willed, ahead-of-her-time woman who knows what she wants and goes after it, despite the social pressures of the day. John Mills gives a sweet performance as the oafish boot hand who grows into a confident and loving businessman.

The recreation of a Victorian town is complete and the costumes are lovely. This is an old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable movie that will leave you wondering why they don't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended.
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