Hobson's Choice
Hobson's Choice (1953)

A "Hobson's Choice," as any slang expert will tell you, is no choice at all. In this 1953 filmization of Harold Brighouse's 1915 play Hobson's Choice, hero John Mills finds after several reels of evidence to the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1953
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
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TIME Magazine

Hobson's Choice is a cheerful little slice of death, warmed over and served with some lively comic sauces by Producer-Director David Lean and Actor Charles Laughton.

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Time Out

Lean's sharp direction and impeccable performances all round transform a slight comedy into a timeless delight.

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Steve Crum

David Lean minor classic that has grown in stature over last five decades.

Variety Staff

Although Laughton richly overplays every major scene, his performance remains one of the film's highlights.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

David Lean directed, with wit and tact.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Lean's splendid frames specifically work to show the high and low status of a social grid.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A delightful and rewarding British film.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

If your drunken buffoon tolerance is higher than mine, you will probably be more kindly disposed towards the film.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

makes everything old seem brilliantly and often hilariously new

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Although it pretends to be about shop owner Laughton and his difficulties with his trio of daughters, David Lean's intimate little comedy is really about… More
Randy Tippy
I imagine that it's hard for an actor to stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Charles Laughton, but John Mills does himself proud. What a delightful, very… More
Cindy I
I usually associate David Lean with sweeping epics, so I was pleasantly surprised by this light comedy. Charles Laughton plays Hobson, the blustery owner of a… More
Stella Dallas
a lovely early comedy from david lean with outstanding cast, including a marvelous performance by charles laughton at the height of his powers
jay nixon
Daniel Dolgin
Henry Hobson (played by Charles Laughton) owns a bootmaker shop in 1800s England. He has a soft spot for the pubs and has three daughters. He wishes for the two… More