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Hobson's Choice (The Criterion Collection)
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Henry Horatio Hobson [Academy Award® Winner Charles Laughton] is the owner of a well-established boot shop in nineteenth century Salford, Lancashire and the father of three daughters. The oldest, Maggie Hobson [Brenda de Banzie], shoulders both home and business responsibilities while Henry Horatio Hobson whiles the time away at the local pub. The younger sisters are both being courted by neighbours, but Hobson refuses to give the couples settlements. Maggie Hobson becomes tired of his oafish behaviour and decides to take matters into her hands by seeking a husband.
Much to the hilarity and consternation of her father, aged spinster Maggie Hobson sets her sights on shy Will Mossop [Sir John Mills], Hobson’s master boot-maker. Will Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion, but eventually agrees to Maggie Hobson’s authoritative persuasion, and together they set up a rival boot shop. A timeless masterpiece that marked a temporary return to Sir Davis Lean's period adaptations of Charles Dickens “Great Expectations” and “Oliver Twist.” The film went on to win multiple awards. This film has been digitally restored to its former glory.
FILM FACT: Awards: 1954 BAFTA® Awards: Won: Best British Film. 1954 4th Berlin International Film Festival: Won: Golden Bear Award. Robert Donat was originally cast in the role of Will Mossop, but had to pull out due to his asthma.Read more ›
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.
It was a double feature with The Blue Lamp - the cinema was good value then!
We both loved Hobson's Choice then & have enjoyed it twice over the years when it showed on T.V. (T.V. Ontario, probably)
Now we can see it when we like! Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie - all great plus a great British supporting cast - some great cameos.
If you don't know the movie I suggest you check out IMDB & read what more literate critics than I have to offer.
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Laughton's performance is first rate and love watching him, as Hobson. A very big fan, not to mention with John Mills, who does a wonderful portrayal of the Boot Maker. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fred E. Gunzel
This is a little known classic. Buying it on Amazon was the only way I could watch it again. (The first time was just by chance on the movie channel on TV. Read morePublished on July 4 2014 by Randerson
This is one of the best movies I have watched. It is a good family movie and very funny. I would recommend it.Published on Jan. 4 2014 by eltee
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