Hobson’s Choice


Directed By

David Lean


David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India) directs Charles Laughton and John Mills in this tale of a hapless 19th century boot-maker, rather too fond of his local pub and trying to cope with a trio of willful daughters.

Charles Laughton delivers a bravura performance as a self-important Lancashire bootmaker who attempts to dictate his daughter’s choice of husband, only to find that she marries his downtrodden and simple-minded employee and starts a rival business. Set in the 1890s, this working class comedy by Harold Brighouse was first staged in 1916 but is here given a fresh breath of cinematic life thanks to luminous cinematography by Jack Hildyard. With John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Prunella Scales.

Charles Laughton, John Mills, Prunella Scales, Brenda De Banzie
Other Credits

Based on the play by Harold Brighouse

Release Date
5 May 2014
  • New Interview with Prunella Scales
  • New Interview with Screenwriter Norman Spencer
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

A new high-definition digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive, funded by the David Lean Foundation and StudioCanal


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