Hobson's Choice

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An unsung comic triumph from David Lean, Hobson’s Choice stars the legendary Charles Laughton as the harrumphing Henry Hobson, the owner of a boot shop in late Victorian northern England. With his haughty, independent daughter Maggie (Brenda De Banzie)... read more
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An unsung comic triumph from David Lean, Hobson’s Choice stars the legendary Charles Laughton as the harrumphing Henry Hobson, the owner of a boot shop in late Victorian northern England. With his haughty, independent daughter Maggie (Brenda De Banzie) decides to forge her own path, romantically and professionally, with none other than Henry’s prized bootsmith Will (a splendid John Mills), father and daughter find themselves head-to-head in a fiery match of wills. Equally charming and caustic, Hobson’s Choice, adapted from Harold Brighouse’s famous play, is filled to the brim with great performances and elegant, inventive camera work.

Original Release

04/19/1954

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Cast

Charles Laughton Henry Hobson
John Mills William Mossop
Brenda De Banzie Maggie Hobson
Daphne Anderson Alice Hobson
Prunella Scales Vicky Hobson
Richard Wattis Albert Prosser
Derek Blomfield Freddy Beenstock
Helen Haye Mrs. Hepworth
Joseph Tomelty Jim Heeler
Julien Mitchell Sam Minns
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

David Lean

Writers

David Lean, Harold Brighouse, Wynyard Browne, Norman Spencer

Cast

Charles Laughton Henry Hobson
John Mills William Mossop
Brenda De Banzie Maggie Hobson
Daphne Anderson Alice Hobson
Prunella Scales Vicky Hobson
Richard Wattis Albert Prosser
Derek Blomfield Freddy Beenstock
Helen Haye Mrs. Hepworth
Joseph Tomelty Jim Heeler
Julien Mitchell Sam Minns
Gibb McLaughlin Tudsbury
Philip Stainton Denton
Dorothy Gordon Ada Figgins
Madge Brindley Mrs. Figgins
John Laurie Dr. McFarlane
Raymond Huntley Nathaniel Beenstock
Jack Howarth Tubby Wadlow
Edie Martin Old Lady Buying Shoelaces
Shirley Stelfox (unconfirmed)
Herbert C. Walton Printer

Producers

Editors

Peter Taylor

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