David Lean directs Charles Laughton, John Mills and Brenda de Banzie in this British classic where a drunken bootmaker refuses the dowry to marry off his daughters… so the smartest one takes matters into her own hands.
I had no idea what choice this titular Hobson would be making going into this? What we get is a British comedy, and as such a comedy about people out manoeuvring the class system, anchored by two fine performances. Laughton’s drunken blowhard delivers just as much as you’d expect. Brenda de Banzie’s wise and driven daughter is more than a match for him. What John Mills is doing here is a whole other matter… but it works out for the best in the end. Has aged splendidly.
Perfect Double Bill: The Quiet Man (1952)
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