Hobson's Choice (1931 film)

Hobson's Choice is a 1931 British comedy drama film directed by Thomas Bentley and starring James Harcourt, Viola Lyel, Frank Pettingell and Herbert Lomas.[1] Based on the play Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse, it follows the tale of a coarse bootshop owner who becomes outraged when his eldest daughter decides to marry a meek cobbler. It was produced by the leading British company of the time, British International Pictures, at their studios in Elstree.

Hobson's Choice
Directed byThomas Bentley
Written byFrank Launder
Based onthe play Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse
StarringJames Harcourt
Viola Lyel
Frank Pettingell
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
  • 1931 (1931)
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film is missing from the BFI National Archive, and is listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films.[2] An earlier silent film version of the play had been released in 1920.



  1. "Hobson's Choice". British Film Institute.
  2. "Hobson's Choice / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute.

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