A fine comedy/drama and brilliant snapshot of Victorian life in Northern England.
John Mills is excellent as the simple bootmaker Will Mossop but is bettered by Laughton as Hobson, the owner of the boot shop who is trying to find husbands for his two younger daughters but wants to keep the eldest daughter at home ot look after him and the business - "afterall she's too old to get married" Hobson states. (She's only thirty years old!)
The real star of this movie is Brenda De Banzie who is wonderful as the forceful eldest daughter Maggie. She really shines in this crisp black and white classic.
The locations and cinematography and direction are all simply amazing. This mnovie gives us a early insight of the genius of director David Lean with some wonderful use of light, contrast and reflection.
Laughton brilliantly plays the boorish drunken bully-come-oaf and there are some truly unforgettable scenes such as his drunken trip home one night across the cobbbled street and in some style he falls down a shop hatch/chute.
Hobson's Choice is one of those films where you feel you have looked out of the window one day and witnessed a bygone era. The digital restoration is quite amazing. Watching the DVD is probably better than what the original fresh rpint was in the cinema back in the 1950s.
A classic, a must watch and must own.