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Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 April 1954 (UK)
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.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

Harold Brighouse (by), David Lean (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Henry Hobson
John Mills ... William Mossop
Brenda de Banzie Brenda de Banzie ... Maggie Hobson
Daphne Anderson ... Alice Hobson
Prunella Scales ... Vicky Hobson
Richard Wattis ... Albert Prosser
Derek Blomfield ... Freddy Beenstock
Helen Haye ... Mrs. Hepworth
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ... Jim Heeler
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... Sam Minns
Gibb McLaughlin ... Tudsbury
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Denton
Dorothy Gordon ... Ada Figgins
Madge Brindley ... Mrs. Figgins
John Laurie ... Dr. McFarlane
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Storyline

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 since their sole purpose in life is in service to him and the shop (receiving no wages in that professional service). He changes his mind about Alice and Vicky, for whom he will choose husbands, despite these romantic ones already having chosen the men they would marry if given the opportunity. Henry will, however, not provide them with a dowry, which may prove to be a challenge in finding them men he would consider suitable husbands. Concerning Maggie, he believes her 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 anyway. Incensed by her father's attitude, Maggie decides she must show him how wrong he is about her being an unmarriageable spinster. As such, ... Written by Huggo/edited by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hobson's Choice See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Mills was an 11th-hour casting decision. See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the beginning of the film when Hobson is at the bottom of the staircase, the shot shows a mat or carpet at the top of the stairs. Hobson runs up the stairs and the shot showing him saluting at the top landing, shows no mat or carpet at all. Only a bare floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Hobson: Beg pardon.
Maggie Hobson: Good job your Masons' meetings are only once a month.
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what an endearing and sweet little movie
9 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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