#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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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“There’s brass in boots”
David Lean’s last film in black and white, and his last set in England, is a gentle comedy about class mobility, marriage, and curmudgeonly old men making way for a generation of independent women. Lean had been adapting plays for the screen since the beginning of his career, and he’d already done a comedy with Blithe Spirit in 1945, but his experience by the time of Hobson’s Choice is showing. His confident direction coupled with a top-notch cast and a great script make this a real treat.
The starting point of Hobson’s Choice is a typically memorable comedy performance from Charles Laughton. Every film he is in is at risk of turning into The Charles Laughton show rather a mixed blessing because he tends to overshadow everything else but here his exuberant performance is offset by strong turns from lead players John Mills and Brenda De Banzie. Mills was in his mid-40s by this point, but with his fresh face and innocent manner he was still just about believable as the archetypal young lad. De Banzie was a stage actress who was unfortunately rare on the big screen. She makes another memorable performance in Hitchcock’s second version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. Mills and De Banzie make such likable characters out of the central couple and it is their performances that hold the viewer’s attention as much as Laughton’s blustering buffoonery.
He wasn’t known for his comedy direction, but Lean’s sense of rhythm, particularly in the opening sequences and later in the famous scene in which Laughton drunkenly chases the moon’s reflection in a puddle, is perfectly in step with Laughton’s comic timing. The romantic scenes between Mills and De Banzie are directed with as much tenderness as any other love story Lean made, although he brilliantly punctures the sentimentality with a joke whenever there is a danger of them slipping into mawkishness.
Hobson’s Choice is undoubtedly the happiest picture Lean ever made and, in keeping with the sweet tone, he has a real aesthetic approach to shot composition, with some pretty landscape shots in the park, and a focusing on facial close-ups. There is a real sense of harmony to many of the images, for example a recurring motif with leaves (and leaflets) blowing across the street, confetti at the wedding, and snow falling over the town.
When all’s said and done though, it’s the charming story and witty dialogue that makes Hobson’s Choice a winner. Lean clearly knew by this point that the job of a director is to serve the screenplay and, avoiding the occasionally distracting expressionism of his earlier films, presents a story full of human warmth and gentle humour.
As a big fan of a lot of David Lean’s films (not seen a bad film from him so far, though understandably some of his films are not for all tastes), Hobson’s Choice didn’t at all disappoint. It’s one of those films that is almost on par with his very best work, and is deserving of more credit than it gets.
The cinematography is splendidly grimy and almost hypnotic, with very sumptuous but also suitably gritty costumes and sets and atmospheric lighting, and Lean directs with supreme confidence and tight control, allowing the humour to endear and charm rather than get too heavy-footed. While slightly over-the-top on occasions (though never distractingly so), Malcolm Arnold’s score is delightful and fits within the film and period well. Hobson’s Choice is superbly scripted, the comedy dialogue is deliciously witty and never got less than a smile from me while watching, while the more dramatic parts are very poignantly done with Maggie and Willie’s relationship being written and portrayed with a real tenderness.
Hobson’s Choice’s story always captivates and never for me got tedious. It was funny, charming and sometimes moving, and has one of Lean’s and Laughton’s most unforgettable moments where Hobson puzzles over the disappearance of the reflection of the Moon from the puddles he staggers past on his way home, it is such a beautifully filmed, acted and directed scene with perfectly pitched timing. It is superbly acted by the three leads too, with Charles Laughton’s magnificent performance being one of the best of his whole career in a role tailor- made for him (this is how to make such a huge impression without dominating over the story too much, a mistake made with Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn that felt like The Charles Laughton Show, with a lot of over-acting, and not enough of Hitchcock or Daphne Du Maurier’s styles coming through).
On paper, Brenda De Bazie’s shouldn’t have been that sympathetic, but De Bazie’s acting is so good, headstrong and heartfelt, that she often was the character I identified with most. John Mills, in an unusual role for him, gives a performance worthy of being called the best of his collaborations with Lean, there are a good number of layers more than any of his other characters in a Lean film and Mills conveys all those layers beautifully. All the cast are spot-on, in a cast that sees Prunella Scales in an early role, but it’s the leads and Lean’s direction that will be remembered chiefly with this film.
Overall, a simply splendid film on all counts. 9.5/10 Bethany Cox
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 Film 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