Watch: Hobson’s Choice 1954 123movies, Full Movie Online – In 1880s Salford, England, widower Henry Hobson, owner and operator of Hobson’s Boots, lives with his three adult daughters Maggie, Alice, and Vicky in a flat attached to the shop. Henry is miserly, dipsomaniacal, and tyrannical, not allowing his daughters to date since their sole purpose in life is to serve him and the shop–for no wages. He changes his mind about Alice and Vicky, for whom he will choose husbands although they’ve also chosen the men they’d marry if they could. However, Henry won’t provide them with dowries, which might be a challenge in finding them men he would consider suitable husbands. He considers Maggie far too useful to him as the overly-efficient, organized one, so doesn’t intend to let her go–besides, at age 30, she’s too old for any man to want anyway. Incensed by her father’s attitude, Maggie decides to show him how wrong he is about her being an unmarriageable spinster by proposing to timid Willie Mossop, the shop’s poor, uneducated, illiterate boot hand–yet best bootmaker, apparently better than any bootmaker in nearby Manchester–who has known no other professional life than the shop. They enter into a marriage of convenience. Despite the differences in their social classes, Maggie believes she can show her father that she can find a husband while also forcing him to treat Willie better (and by association her) in paying him decent wages, otherwise she will use her wifely influence to convince Willie to take his and her valuable services elsewhere. If their hands are forced, Maggie believes their best weapon is wealthy, particular Mrs. Hepworth, who said that only Willie shall ever make her boots. Maggie has even taken into consideration what effect her actions will have on her sisters’ nuptials, vowing to them that all will be all right in that regard. Although she truly has no idea how her father will react, she hasn’t considered Willie, who might already have his own life outside the shop. If he does agree, what effect will her plan have on him and his entire being?.
Plot: Henry Hobson owns and tyrannically runs a successful Victorian boot maker’s shop in Salford, England. A stingy widower with a weakness for overindulging in the local Moonraker Public House, he exploits his three daughters as cheap labour. When he declares that there will be ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expense of marriage settlements at £500 each, his eldest daughter Maggie rebels.
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A great film with a great cast and a great director. The plot has Charles Laughton the owner of shoe shop that is run by his three daughters. Laughton is also a big drunk and his daughters want to get married but he won’t let them. This is the third film I’ve seen of David Lean, after The bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia, and i think he’s better at directing these kind of films. Charles Laughton is great and so is the rest of the cast. If you get a chance, watch it, you won’t be disappointed.
” Hobson’s Choice Is A Splendid Choice “
Hobson’s Choice is entertainment on film at it’s grandest. First class performances from this solid sterling cast of brilliant British actors. Charles Laughton is absolutely perfect in his role as Henry Hobson, the arrogant widower with a weakness for the pubs who bosses his three daughters lives. Brenda De Banzie gives a very fine performance as the strong willed, eldest daughter Maggie. John Mills gives a most winning performance, as Willie Mossop, who transforms from a uneducated, unpolished character to an optimistic, assertive and finally self-assured man. He plays the part in such a subtle manner, which serves to make his character all the more believable. Daphne Anderson and Prunella Scales both give exceptional performances as Hobson’s two youngest daughters. Set in 1880s London, Hobson is a boot-shop owner, who lords over his employees and three daughters by day, then nightly heads to the pubs. His strong willed eldest daughter Maggie, finally breaks free of her father’s tyranny. She marries the slow Willie Mossop, and together they set up their own rival boot- shop when Hobson refuses to give her a dowry. Seething with anger, Hobson rants and raves, until he finally agrees to merger with his daughter. This now gives her husband Willie a new found confidence, as he has now been given a large position and the freedom over managing the business. This charming comedy with it’s well written story, along with the magnificent acting, reaps a perfect, must see classic movie, that will always remain enjoyable to watch.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director David Lean
Writer Harold Brighouse, David Lean, Norman Spencer
Actors Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie
Country United Kingdom
Awards Won 1 BAFTA Award2 wins & 4 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.66 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length 2,948.94 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 8 mm, 35 mm