Hobson's Choice (1953)
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A "Hobson's Choice," as any slang expert will tell you, is no choice at all. In this 1953 filmization of Harold Brighouse's 1915 play Hobson's Choice, hero John Mills finds after several reels of evidence to the contrary that he does have a choice over how he'll conduct his life after all. Mills is the assistant to domineering boot-shop owner Charles Laughton, who lords it over his employees and three daughters by day, then tumbles through the streets on many a drunken evening. Laughton's
Jan 1, 1953 Wide
Feb 17, 2009
Henry Horatio Hobson
Brenda De Banzie
Herbert C. Walton
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Hobson's Choice is a cheerful little slice of death, warmed over and served with some lively comic sauces by Producer-Director David Lean and Actor Charles Laughton.
Although Laughton richly overplays every major scene, his performance remains one of the film's highlights.
Lean's sharp direction and impeccable performances all round transform a slight comedy into a timeless delight.
If your drunken buffoon tolerance is higher than mine, you will probably be more kindly disposed towards the film.
David Lean minor classic that has grown in stature over last five decades.
Lean's splendid frames specifically work to show the high and low status of a social grid.
Though Lean's direction is indeed too heavy and careful to give way to much laughter, he has a secret weapon here: Charles Laughton.
Hobson's Choice is a crisply directed comedy of lively and quirky characters in a vivid world of social snobbery and working-class life...
Flavoursome period charmer and a lovely, memorable performance from Mills.
Small-scale David Lean comedy with great Laughton performance.
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