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comedy 1953 bw 102 min.
Director: David Lean
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1 disc, catalog # CC1411L

In this thrilling adaptation of one of Britain's favorite plays, David Lean backs up colorful characters and vicious wit with tender romance. As Henry Hobson, a tyrannical bootshop owner, Charles Laughton (Mutiny on the Bounty, Ruggles of Red Gap) molds a comical drunk of forbids his daughters to marry (their unpaid labor supports his pub visits!), his eldest daughter defiantly sets her cap for the shop's best bootmaker. Matching Laughton's ferocity, Brenda de Banzie's Maggie hounds the flabbergasted Willie into marriage and a thriving business. As Willie, John Mills performs a gradual metamorphosis from painfully awkward to gently confident. Together, the sweet couple turn a crafty business deal into a loving partnership.

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