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Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 April 1954 (UK)
Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker and tyrannical widower of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses as marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

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Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker's shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees 'no marriages' to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson's star bootmaker. Maggie and Will leave to start up in competition, and she then turns her mind to helping her sisters marry their chosen partners. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A Masterpiece of Lusty, Gusty, Rowdy Entertainment

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Hobson's Choice" by Harold Brighouse opened at the Princess Theater on November 2, 1915 and ran for 135 performances. The play moved to the Comedy Theater during the first month. See more »

Goofs

When the opening scene goes inside the store, it pauses to show the front door, complete with the blind rolled down. A little later Hobson lets himself in but the blind on the door is now up. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Hobson: I've been watching you for a long time and everything I've seen I've liked. I think you'll do for me.
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Referenced in Have Gun - Will Travel: Hobson's Choice (1962) See more »

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Brilliant writing and brilliant execution!
27 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Who isn't good in this film?

Brenda de Banzie (sp) was perfectly cast in this film and really worthy of mention! I love it when a woman knows what she wants and goes and sorts it out herself! Inspirational, especially for the 50s, and the victorian era it's set in!

John Mills, is always good, so that's no surprise, and you can't imagine anyone but Charles Laughton as Hobson.

The lack of an Oscar nomination, let alone award, just goes to show what a political and flavour-of-the-month farce it is. Is there really acting talent like this in 'Lord of the Rings'...?


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