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 whose haughty, independent daughter decides to forge her own path, romantically and professionally.
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The bleak industrial wastes of Salford, North England serve as the backdrop for this hilarious and touching comedy. Brilliant performances and characterizations, especially Charles Laughton who turns out to be a gifted physical comic as well as thespian. David Lean was truly a versatile genius.
"It's daylight robbery!" So utterly like-ably British. David Lean seems to be a natural perfectionist and a devoted professional. Snappy comedy, I even laughed out loud a few times. The drinking and street scenes are good. Hobson is a lovable oaf thanks to Charles Laughton.
A perfectly enjoyable anti-Victorian comedy with good performances by Charles Laughton and Brenda de Banzie. It comes from a by-no-means-quaint (and not-altogether-vanished) time when people still thought domineering, entitled, sweaty old men were charming (a figure very much related, as this movie bears out, to the affable alcoholic).
Another mini-triumph from the great Lean. Laughton is something to behold in this drunken comic turn. The oldest daughter supposedly being 30 but being played by a 45 yr old is the only real drawback to this film, although De Branzie (spelling?) gives a grand performance, making it hard to imagine someone else pulling it off. All in all, great work by all involved, and an underrated comic gem.