- Original title
- Running time
- 107 min.
- United Kingdom
David Lean, Norman Spencer, Wynyard Browne (Play: Harold Brighouse)
Jack Hildyard (B&W)
Brenda De Banzie,
British Lion Film Corporation / London Film Productions
Comedy. Drama | 19th Century
- Synopsis / Plot
- David Lean backs up vicious wit with tender romance in this thrilling adaptation of Harold Brighouse's play. As Henry Hobson, a tyrannical bootshop owner, Charles Laughton (Mutiny on the Bounty) is a comical drunk of Falstaffian proportions. When Hobson forbids his daughters to marry (their unpaid labor supports his pub visits!), his eldest daughter defiantly sets her cap for Willie, the shop's best bootmaker. Brenda de Banzie (The Man Who Knew Too Much), as the eldest daughter, hounds the flabbergasted Willie into marriage, resulting in a thriving new shop of their own. As Willie, John Mills (Great Expectations, The Big Sleep) performs a gradual metamorphoses from painfully awkward to gently confident. Together, the sweet couple turn a crafty business deal into a loving partnership.
: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear
: BAFTA Awards : Best British Film. 5 nom. including Actor (Mills) and Actress (Banzie)
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