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All the ingredients for a warm-hearted family entertainment come together in this adaptation of HOBSON’S CHOICE- based on the classic play by Harold Bridgehouse.
Set against the backdrop of the French Quarter of 1914 New Orleans, the story follows the flamboyant and pompous Henry Horatio Hobson- played to perfection by Emmy® Winner* and Oscar® nominee** Jack Warden. Hobson loves the status quo almost as much as he loves his whiskey. While he carouses at the local tavern, his business is run by Maggie (Golden Globe winner*** Sharon Gless), the eldest and most spirited of his three unmarried daughters. Maggie is stung by her father’s belief that she’ll wind up an old maid and his refusal to give her a dowry. She goes about plotting a rebellion that will prove her father wrong in love and business.
In a rare TV appearance, screen legend Lillian Gish plays Maggie’s affluent ally. Yet another Emmy® Winner****, Richard Thomas, is featured as a simple shoemaker. Trivia Buffs will also appreciate an early performance by Robert Englund, now famous for playing Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.
* 1972 Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama for “Brian’s Song”
** 1978 Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Heaven Can Wait” & 1975 Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Shampoo”
***1991 Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama for “Trials of Rosie O’Neil” & 1986 Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama for “Cagney & Lacey”
****1973 Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for “The Waltons”
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My wife enjoys this version of the original, although it is at best a pallid one missing both the cultural story line and the characters created by the acting in the Laughton /de... Read morePublished 12 days ago by RJ P
Great little movie, outstanding cast! I like this much better than the British version. Mr. Hobson was VERY mean and unlikeable in that movie with no redeeming qualities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah Dise
I love Sharon Gless. Hated her smoking character in Burn Notice. She's so wonderful in this movie with great actors.Published 6 months ago by NorCalRick
Have looked for a copy of this for a long time, very nice!Published 6 months ago by Candace. r Holm
One of my favorite movies. Shows the potential value of people from different classes, educational backgrounds and sexes.Published 7 months ago by Spain
I fell in love with this charming version of the play when it appeared on tv, and what a joy it was to find it on DVD! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alice4447
This has been a favorite of mine for so many years!! The story is so sweet and simple during a time when people really had to "make it work." Good, clean, movie.Published 10 months ago by imabunne
Been waiting for this movie to be on DVDS for years! So glad to finally get it! The cast is wonderful!Published 13 months ago by Kris Klopfenstein