Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.
Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the ... See full summary »
1880s Salford, England. Widowed Henry Hobson, owner/operator of Hobson's Boots, lives with his three adult daughters, Maggie, Alice and Vicky, in a flat attached to the shop. Henry is miserly, dipsomaniacal and tyrannical, not allowing his daughters to date as their sole purpose in life is in service to him and to the shop, they who receive no wages in that professional service. He changes his mind about Alice and Vicky, for who he will choose husbands, despite they, the romantic ones, already having chosen the men they would marry if given the opportunity. He will, however, not provide them with a dowry, which may prove to be a challenge in finding them who he would consider suitable husbands. Concerning Maggie, he believes she is far too useful to him as the overly efficient and organized one to let go, and too old at age thirty for any man to want her anyway. Incensed by her father's attitude about her, Maggie decides that she has to show him how wrong he is about her being an ... Written by
While sitting with Maggie in Peel Park, looking at the foamy water in the River Irwell after church, Mossop says he can remember when the river was clean. In the early 1800s the river had fish, but by 1850 with the Industrial Revolution fish no longer could exist in it. In 1862 a River Conservancy Committee was established, and the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act was created in 1876, but enforcement of laws for sewage treatment and the prevention of pollution did not begin until the 1890s--the period of this play. Mossop was around Maggie's age--30--so he would not have been alive to see the river clean, not to mention full of fish. As of 2014 severe pollution in the River Irwell still causes the water to turn green and milky white, despite strenuous efforts to reverse the intense history of industrial pollution, such as oxygen injection to reverse the oxygen depletion. See more »
When Maggie and Willie leave their benefactress' house, the film crew is reflected in the shop windows as the two walk down the street. See more »
I was caught totally off-guard by this film. While I LOVE old films, I never expected to be so captivated by this one--particularly since it's not exactly the most famous movie of the time.
The acting and writing are what make this movie so wonderful. The main character, Charles Laughton, is a domineering old goat who decides to retire. When this is announced, his oldest (and seemingly not so pretty) daughter sets out to find a husband. While not exactly romantic in her methods, it is wonderful to see the transformation she makes in her hapless husband (John Mills). By the end of the film, I found myself laughing at the new man she had helped create! Give it a try--you won't be sorry.
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