Rent Hobson's Choice (1954)

4.0 of 5 from 85 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
Henry Horatio Hobson (Charles Laughton) is the owner of a well established boot shop in nineteenth century Salford, Lancashire and the father of three daughters. The oldest, Maggie (Brenda De Banzie), shoulders both home and business responsibilities while Hobson whiles the time away at the local pub. The younger sisters are both being courted by neighbours, but Hobson refuses to give the couples settlements. Maggie becomes tired of his oafish behaviour and decides to take matters into her hands by seeking a husband. Much to the hilarity and consternation of her father, aged spinster Maggie sets her sights on shy Will Mossop (John Mills), Hobson's master boot-maker.
Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion, but eventually agrees to Maggie's authoritative persuasion, and together they set up a rival boot shop.
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Directors:
Producers:
David Lean
Writers:
Harold Brighouse, David Lean
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Comedy
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1955 BAFTA Best Film

1955 BAFTA Best British Film

1954 Berlinale Golden Bear

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/08/2008
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Stills Gallery with Captions
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/05/2014
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Prunella Scales and Associate Producer and Co-Writer Norman Spencer

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Reviews (2) of Hobson's Choice

Excellent play, excellent film, excellent British acting, excellent British humour - Hobson's Choice review by RP

Spoiler Alert
24/06/2013

Based on a play by Harold Brighouse, this is not only an excellent stage play (I saw a revival at Birmingham Rep some years ago) but also an excellent film, combining a moral message with British humour.

Widower Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker in 1880s Salford. He has three daughters but is a little stingy with his money (other than in spending rather too much on drink in the 'Moonrakers Arms') and forbids them to get married to avoid paying marriage settlements. He regards his oldest daughter Maggie, an astute businesswoman in her own right, as being on the shelf at age 30. But Maggie has her own plans and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson's talented bootmaker, bosses him, educates him, weds him, and sets up in business with him. In a year they have become more successful than Hobson, and return to take over his shop.

Acted with much humour by a broad range of British talent, I enjoyed this very much. Apart from the well known leading men Charles Laughton and John Mills, in these older films I like looking out for small parts played by others who later became famous. There is a young Prunella Scales, later best known as Basil's dragon of a wife in 'Fawlty Towers' and also John Laurie, later best known as Private Frazer in 'Dad's Army'.

Great stuff - 5/5 stars.

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A David Lean comedy is a rare & wonderful thing! - Hobson's Choice review by DW

Spoiler Alert
26/03/2018

Every moment of this nice long film is a joy to behold. Sure, it's old, not in colour & the story line is whimsical. So what, it's still a fine example of the best of British films.

I'm pretty sure I first saw it as a young boy when it came to my local picture house in Birmingham. Second time around, the thing I noticed most was how full the sets were; the external shots are very "busy" & include lots of authentic signage but all of the internal scenes are a fascinating image of sets with vast numbers of furnishings, tools, stock & ornaments. The scene setters really knew what they were doing.

Some modern day commentators have said that this was not a happy band of actors but they weren't there so how would they know. Either way, it didn't stop all the actors putting in outstanding performances. Older fans of "Coronation Street" would be pleased to see old misery guts Albert Tatlock doing his stuff as one of the shoemakers.

I hope you enjoy this lovely film as much as I did.

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