Hobson’s Choice

Hobson’s Choice (1954)
Charles Laughton is the irascible Henry Hobson who owns a boot shop in 1890s England. Hobson dominates his three daughters, blustering and threatening them about their marriage prospects. His oldest daughter, though, takes matters into her own hands when she uses her own considerable willpower to marry her father’s lowly and mild-mannered bootmaker Willie Mossop, played beautifully by John Mills.

A quiet movie in many ways, but with many delightful moments. Watching the transformation of Mossop from meek bootmaker to proud husband and owner of his own shop is reward in itself. Watch for Prunella Scales of Fawlty Towers fame as youngest daughter Vicky.

For more on the movie (including a video clip), visit the Criterion Collection website.

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