HOBSON’S CHOICE (David Lean, 1954)

Based on Harold Brighouse’s 1915 play, David Lean’s comedy Hobson’s Choice is by turns boisterous and reserved, depending on which character is center-stage: longtime Salford bootmaker and shoe shop-owner Henry Hobson, a widower and public alcoholic, or tea-totaling employee Willie Mossop, who becomes his rival when, patiently urged on by Hobson’s middle-aged daughter, Maggie, opens […]