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Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

Charles Laughton
Director: David Lean Cast: Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
, John Mills
John Mills
, Brenda de Banzie
Brenda de Banzie
David Lean

DVD (Black & White)

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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 "old-maid" daughter Brenda DeBanzie breaks free of her father's tyranny, marries Mills, and together with her new husband sets up a rival boot shop when Laughton refuses her a dowry. Father rants and raves, but finally agrees to a merger with his daughter that will assure Mills a large measure of freedom over managing things. The winner of the British Film Institute "Best Film" award of 1954, Hobson's Choice chalked up another international success for director David Lean.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2009
UPC: 0715515042116
Original Release: 1954
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 16,480

Special Features

Audio Commentary featuring Film Scholars Alain Silver and James Ursini, Coauthors of David Lean and His Films; ; The Hollywood Greats: Charles Laughton, 1 1978 BBC documentary abou the actor's life and career, featuring interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues; ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Actor
John Mills Willie Mossop,Actor
Brenda de Banzie Actor
Daphne Anderson Alice Hobson
Prunella Scales Vicky Hobson
Derek Blomfield Freddy Breenstock
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. MacFarlane
Raymond Huntley Nathaniel Beenstock
Jack Howarth Tubby Wadlow
Herbert C. Walton Printer
Richard Wattis Albert Presser

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Armstrong Costumes/Costume Designer
Wynyard Browne Screenwriter
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Norman Spencer Screenwriter
Peter Taylor Editor
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hobson's Choice
1. Opening [5:13]
2. Hobson's Girls [9:24]
3. No Settlements [6:12]
4. A Working Partnership [7:37]
5. Daylight Robbery [7:22]
6. Capital [11:25]
7. Big Fish [10:11]
8. Wedding Day [7:26]
9. A Free Man [12:47]
10. Wedding Night [9:00]
11. A Clean Slate [8:55]
12. Mossop & Hobson [12:25]

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