Hobson's Choice

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The daughter of a successful but miserly shoemaker, Henry Hobson, ups and marries his chief cobbler and sets up in competition, coming back to help her sisters to marry their suitors.


Charles Laughton gleefully chews up the scenery as the prosperous Victorian boot-maker who won't part with his three marriageable daughter because they're too useful as unpaid labour. The oldest spinster (de Banzie) marries the firm's best worker (endearingly dim John Mills) and sets about putting her drunken dad out of business.

His last black and white film, Lean succeeded in capturing the authentic 1890s Lancashire atmosphere by shooting on location in Salford. Soon enough, he'd set his cinematic sight much wider.

Flavoursome period charmer and a lovely, memorable performance from Mills