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Henry Horatio Hobson (Academy Award-Winner Charles Laughton) is the owner of a well established boot shop in nineteenth century Salford, Lancashire and the father of three daughters. The oldest, Maggie (Brenda de Banzie), shoulders both home and business responsibilities while Hobson whiles the time away at the local pub. The younger sisters are both being courted by neighbours, but Hobson refuses to give the couples settlements. Maggie becomes tired of his oafish behaviour and decides to take matters into her hands by seeking a husband.
Much to the hilarity and consternation of her father, aged spinster Maggie sets her sights on shy Will Mossop (John Mills), Hobson’s master boot-maker. Mossop is at first stunned by the suggestion, but eventually agrees to Maggie’s authoritative persuasion, and together they set up a rival boot shop. A timeless masterpiece that marked a temporary return to David Lean’s period adaptations of Dickens (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist). The film went on to win multiple awards.
This film has been digitally restored to its former glory.
New and exclusive interviews with Prunella Scales and screenwriter Norman Spencer
Brought this as a gift for my husband as he mentioned he has watched it years ago. We sat and watched it over Christmas. Lovely old nostalgic film. Really enjoyed!Published 9 days ago by Elaine A. Belcher
Amazon as usual gave a first class delevery sevice, the film was very enjoyable with first class acting by Charles Laughton and John Mills.Published 11 days ago by William Blair
Fantastic, wonderful heartwarming comedy- excellence as ever from Charles Laughton and John Mills highly recommendedPublished 24 days ago by ChrissieB
excellent film, forgotten how amusing it was! Being a mancunuian I love all the references to St Anne's square, Salford etc.
Good quality DVD as well.
Excellent picture quality and excellent sound, as befits this excellent classic film!Published 28 days ago by Ann