Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

DVD - 2009
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An owner of a Victorian-era boot shop finds himself in a battle of wills with his headstrong daughter, who wants to make her own professional and personal decisions in her life. Bonus features include commentary, documentary, essay, interviews, and more.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Fullscreen ed
ISBN: 9781604651195
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet


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Aug 05, 2017

What a shame Charles Laughton never played Falstaff. There is something grand and Shakespearean about his portrayal of hardheaded domestic tyrant Henry Horatio Hobson. Equally good are Brenda de Banzie as his spinster daughter, and John Mills as his crushed worker. A comedy to watch with your whole family, assuming you have a family who appreciates good black and white films.

Feb 27, 2016

this is the only Laughton comedy in my library's collection - very amusing.

Feb 06, 2016

One of those movies to watch again and again. Simply a delight. All of the cast are exceptional.

Sep 05, 2015

An oldie, but goodie film by the famous director, David Lean. It was first released in 1954, which was the film version of the play first performed in NY in 1915. The commentary, which is included, points out the backdrop of two movements of that era - the women's suffrage and Prohibition (passage of the 18th amendment). Charles Laughton was a tour-de-force as Hobson.

Aug 14, 2014

Hobson's Choice starring Charles Laughton, John Mills, and Brenda De Banzie was released in 1954. A wonderful film showing their acting talents, the direction of the great David Lean, and the supporting cast of British characters that nail their performances. Lean directed many epics but Hobson's Choice is an equal to them all. I love this film and have seen it at least 6 times. Laughton was always fat but he is theatre to the last cell of his mind and body. When Laughton is given the lead then success will be assured. When Laughton is supporting only then there is a question if you will remember the film at all.

Nov 19, 2013

Charming film directed by David Lean and starring John Mills and Brenda de Banzie. Charles Laughton is the domineering father of a boot shop who refuses to believe his spinster daughter can find a husband. De Banzie plays the strong-willed daughter Maggie with a solid head for business who sees in bootmaker Will Mossop (Mills) her chance at independence and love. Humorous, compassionate, romantic, and a fascinating snapshot of life in late Victorian England.

Oct 09, 2013

An exceptional dramedy (By GUM!) from David Lean starring the inimitable Charles Laughton, including an especially revealing 1978 BBC documentary on him with some insightful interviews from those in his inner circle: e.g. his wife -- actress Elsa Lanchester, director Billy Wilder, actress Lillian Gish, etc. Good shtuff. FIVE STARS.

Mar 13, 2013

Wonderful Movie. This was one of the best Movies I have watched in ages. Charles Laughton was fantastic in it. So Comical and true to life.

Mar 18, 2012

An absolute delight, from start to finish. The wonderful performances allow true enjoyment, while one is seeing the successful challenge to one society's flawed standards - easily leading us to examine those of our own society.

voisjoe1 Feb 17, 2012

A hilarious comedy about a blustery old man with three unmarried daughters in Great Britain. The oldest daughter, tired of being called an old maid, solves the problem and her father has no choice but to accept her solution. Great acting by Charles Laughton in this light comedy directed by the great David Lean.

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Oct 09, 2013

Henry Horatio Hobson (exasperated with his daughters, and on his way to The Moonrakers Inn with Jim Heeler, his drinking buddy): "...Female perversity comes from leading an indoor life... Women think they're important because they're boss in the kitchen!"

Oct 09, 2013

(After an examination from the doctor, who's determined Hobson is a severe alcoholic, and is writing him a prescription) Henry Horatio Hobson: "Now you stop that! None of your druggist's muck for me; I'm particular what I put in my stomach." Dr. MacFarlane: "Mr. Hobson... If you don't mend your manners I shall *certify* ye... ARE YOU AWARE, that you have, drunk yourself within, six months of the grave? This morning you had a warning that any sane man would listen to, and YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO IT, SIR!" Henry Horatio Hobson: "By taking your prescriptions?" Dr. MacFarlane: "Precisely! And, you shall practice total abstinence in the future." Henry Horatio Hobson (getting up from the sofa): "Are you asking me to give up my 'reasonable refreshment'?!?" Dr. MacFarlane: "I forbid alcohol absolutely." Henry Horatio Hobson: "If I'm to be beaten by drink, I'LL DIE FIGHTIN'!"

Oct 09, 2013

Dr. MacFarlane (to Henry Horatio Hobson): "...You're a dunderheaded lump of obstinacy, but I..., I've taken a fancy to you, and I decline to let you kill yourself."


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