Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 21, 1954

Hobson's Choice (London Films; United Artists) is a cheerful little slice of death, warmed over and served with some lively comic sauces by Producer-Director David Lean (Brief Encounter, Great

Expectations) and Actor Charles Laughton. The corpse in the case is the British lower middle class, the people Novelist Arnold Bennett found when he lifted the rock of Victorian respectability.

Laughton plays the part of a widowed tradesman, a better-grade booterer whose three daughters have reached the physical age for marriage. Father, however, has reached the mental age where he cannot let them go, especially...