Connect with us

Movies

Hobson’s Choice (1954, Charles Laughton, John Mills)

Published

on


John Mills delivers a superb performance in this fine screen adaptation (by director David Lean, Norman Spencer and Wynyard Browne) of Harold Brighouse’s classic Lancashire comedy Hobson’s Choice.

Charles Laughton (returning to Alexander Korda’s London Films after a 14-year absence), was ideally cast as the eponymous Hobson, a cantankerous, overbearing Lancashire boot-maker who spends most of his time drinking while his three daughters, Maggie, Alice and Vicky (Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson and Prunella Scales) run his shop and home. He decides that Alice and Vicky should marry, but abandons the idea when he learns that he will have to pay marriage settlements. The oldest daughter, Maggie, decides for herself that she should get married and picks her father’s timid clerk Willie Mossop (John Mills).

The determined Maggie buys Mossop a shop, marries him, and borrows money to set him up in business in opposition to her father. She also manages to use one of her father’s drunken episodes to trick him into providing marriage settlements for her sisters. A few months of marriage give Mossop self-confidence and Hobson, abandoned by his daughters and increasingly prey to drink, falls victim to Maggie’s final coup.

production details
UK / London Films / 107 minutes / 1954

Director: David Lean
Writers: David Lean, Norman Spencer, Wynyard Browne, from the play by Harold Brighouse,

cast
Charles Laughton as Henry Horatio Hobson
John Mills as Willie Mossop
Brenda De Banzie as Maggie Hobson
Daphne Anderson as Alice Hobson
Prunella Scales as Vicky Hobson
Joseph Tomelty as Jim Heeler
Julien Mitchell as Sam Minns
Gibb McLaughlin as Tudsbury
Dorothy Gordon as Ada Figgins
Madge Brindley as Mrs. Figgins
Jack Howarth as Tubby Wadlow
Philip Stainton as Denton
Helen Haye as Mrs. Hepworth
Richard Wattis as Albert Prosser
Raymond Huntley as Nathaniel Beenstock
John Laurie as Dr. McFarlane

and this just in

News20 mins ago

From Coachella to CBeebies: Harry Styles to read a Bedtime Story

Fresh from headlining the world famous Coachella Festival, Harry Styles is the latest reader to settle the nation’s children with...

News28 mins ago

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration: What to Expect

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration will be broadcast live this Sunday 15th May at 8pm, with HM The Queen invited...

News3 hours ago

THIS WEEK: A Kay Burley Special: The Road Back To Wigan Pier

Sky News is taking its breakfast programme to Wigan and presenter Kay Burley will be taking the temperature of a...

Episodes5 hours ago

Press X to Continue: Episode 5 (S1EP5 BBC Three Tues 17 May 2022)

Steffan Powell assists you in determining which games are worth your time and money. Airdate: Tues 17 May 2022 at 23:30...

Episodes5 hours ago

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2021: Bernardine Evaristo: Manifesto (S1EP1 Sky Arts Tues 17 May 2022)

Bernardine Evaristo: Manifesto – Beginning with Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo reflecting on her three decades as a trailblazing storyteller,...

Episodes5 hours ago

Darren McGarvey’s Addictions: Drugs (S1EP2 BBC Scotland Tues 17 May 2022)

In this episode, the focus is on drugs. Darren, a well-known social commentator, begins his journey on the front lines...

Episodes5 hours ago

Munya and Filly Get Chilly: Episode 6 (S1EP6 BBC Three Tues 17 May 2022)

For the final time, comedy duo Yung Filly and Munya Chawawa bring behind-the-scenes content from Wim Hof’s Freeze the Fear....

Episodes5 hours ago

Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains: Steph McGovern, Russell Kane, Sindhu Vee (S4EP1 Comedy Central Tues 17 May 2022)

Steph McGovern, Russell Kane, Sindhu Vee: The return of the panel show in which celebrities revisit their teenage years, with...

EPISODES

Episodes5 hours ago

Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof: Episode 6 (S1EP6 BBC One Tues 17 May 2022)

The series’ final episode will air tonight. Will the celebrities be able to overcome their fear and complete the ultimate...

Episodes5 hours ago

Jay Blades: No Place Like Home: Episode 3 (S1EP3 Channel 5 Tues 17 May 2022)

Jay’s final journey sees him retrace his steps as a young adult, walking the streets where he used to live...

Episodes5 hours ago

Ambulance: Code Red: Episode 14 (S2EP14 5STAR Tues 17 May 2022)

A man’s rib cage is exposed after a workplace accident, and the critical care team responds to reports of a...

Episodes5 hours ago

Momolu & Friends: Banni’s Bird House (S1EP4 ITV Be Tues 17 May 2022)

Banni’s Bird House: Banni loses sleep when a flock of cute birds moves into her house and starts chirping. Her...

Episodes5 hours ago

61st Street: Man on Fire (S1EP8 AMC UK Tues 17 May 2022)

Man on Fire: Franklin has suffered a setback. A verdict is read after Moses takes the stand. Airdate: Tues 17...

Episodes5 hours ago

Homes Under the Hammer: Brixton, Chesterton, Chelmsford (S25EP15 BBC One Tues 17 May 2022)

Martel is in Brixton, south London, to see a four-bed end terrace bought as a family home by a husband...

Episodes5 hours ago

Derry Girls: Halloween (S3EP6 Channel 4 Tues 17 May 2022)

Halloween: The gang has miraculously secured tickets to the gig of the century and the chance to meet their idol,...

Episodes5 hours ago

Litter Louts: At War with the Law: Episode 7 (S1EP7 Channel 5 Tues 17 May 2022)

Waste enforcement officer David is dispatched to Hertfordshire to investigate two major fly-tipping incidents on local farms. Airdate: Tues 17...