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Hobson's Choice (1920)

A tyrannical bootmaker's daughter weds his meek assistant.


Percy Nash


Harold Brighouse (play), W. Courtney Rowden (scenario)


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Cast overview:
Joe Nightingale Joe Nightingale ... Will Mossup
Joan Ritz Joan Ritz ... Maggie Hobson
Arthur Pitt Arthur Pitt ... Henry Hobson
Joan Cockram Joan Cockram ... Vickey Hobson
George Wynn George Wynn ... Albert Prosser
Phyllis Birkett Phyllis Birkett ... Alice Hobson
Charles Heslop ... Fred Beenstock
Ada King Ada King ... Mrs. Hepworth
Mary Byron Mary Byron ... Ada Figgins
Louis Rihll Louis Rihll ... Jim Heeler
Charles Stone Charles Stone ... Tubby Wadlow
Judd Green Judd Green ... Landlord


A tyrannical bootmaker's daughter weds his meek assistant.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

March 1920 (UK) See more »

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Master Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Good Silent Version of the Brighthouse Play
19 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This silent version of Harold Brighthouse's play is well cast and performed, but it's hard to look at it without thinking of David Lean's great sound version, with an amazing cast (Charles Laughton, John Mills and a star-making turn by Brenda de Banzies). If anything, it's low on the physical comedy and outsized performances that must have been shown on the stage.

It's simply shot, relying more on cuts than camerawork, and we can judge where the film makers judged people would laugh -- cut to reaction shot. By this time, American movies were being shot in a much more complicated manner, but clearly when what you're doing is interesting, you don't need to use fancy camera tricks, and this story still works.

Few of the key players had major film careers, and the director, Percy Nash, ended his film directing career the following year (he did return in 1925 to helm a series of short documentary films). Despite that unprepossessing description, it remains a watchable silent movie almost a century later.

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