Movies From the Hat 7 – #5 – Toby’s Pick – Hobson’s Choice (1954)


This is my 3950th Review

Thanks to Toby of The Film Blog for this recommendation.

“I’ve been watching you for a long time and everything I’ve seen I’ve liked. I think you’ll do for me.” – Maggie Hobson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A drunkard boot maker must deal with the fact that he wants to marry off his 3 single daughters to gain fortune, but the girls have other ideas.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years but never got around to it.

Not only is it one of David Lean’s earlier films before he became known as an epic director, but it also features Charles Laughton in a comedic role.

The cats is great and besides Laughton, John Mills and Brenda De Banzie both stand out.

The dialogue is so enjoyable to listen to and the rapid fire method works quite well here.

Loved the way that each of the various characters truly have a unique voice and they each interpret the ways of Victorian England and all that transpires in the story is refreshing to watch.

They do a great job here of making the strongest character a female and De Banzie’s portrayal of Maggie proves the adage that behind every successful man is an intelligent woman.

The one drawback of this film is that it does feel a bit dated, yet still remains really fun to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Fun film that feels a bit too dated.  The cast is great with both Mills and Laughton standing out. The dialogue is quite crisp and I loved how each of the various characters have a unique voice in the way that they interpret everything that transpires in the  world that they live in.  Really enjoyed the way that the strongest character in the film is Hobson’s oldest daughter Maggie played by Brenda De Banzie who proves that behind every successful man is an intelligent woman. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Whilst sitting with Maggie in Peel Park, looking at the foamy water in the River Irwell after church, Mossop says he can remember when the river was clean. In the early 1800s the river had fish, but by 1850 with the Industrial Revolution fish no longer could exist in it. In 1862 a River Conservancy Committee was established, and the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act was created in 1876, but enforcement of laws for sewage treatment and the prevention of pollution did not begin until the 1890s–the period of this play. Mossop was around Maggie’s age–30–so he would not have been alive to see the river clean, not to mention full of fish. As of 2014 severe pollution in the River Irwell still causes the water to turn green and milky white, despite strenuous efforts to reverse the intense history of industrial pollution, such as oxygen injection to reverse the oxygen depletion.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #5 – Toby’s Pick – Hobson’s Choice (1954)

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