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Hobson's Choice

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Original title
Hobson's Choice
Running time
107 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
David Lean, Norman Spencer, Wynyard Browne (Play: Harold Brighouse)
Malcom Arnold
Jack Hildyard (B&W)
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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.
1954: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear
1954: BAFTA Awards : Best British Film. 5 nom. including Actor (Mills) and Actress (Banzie)
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