Classic Movies

Well, it looks like I’ll be keeping my left man-teat…


A few posts back, I mentioned the delight of getting the opportunity to see Payment Deferred (1932) with Charles Laughton on TCM’s “Star of the Month” festival and lamenting the fact that my very favorite Laughton film, Hobson’s Choice (1954), would not be a part of this.

And then—by gum!—I get this pleasant bit o’news from Criterion…

Choice has been available on Region 2 DVD since this past August, but as my sainted Papa Jack often said, “It only costs a few extra bucks to go first class”—so that’s why this Criterion purchase is a must-have for your humble narrator. (Would you believe the last time I saw this movie was when it ran on A&E? No, and you shouldn’t—I think I caught it on IFC in my Morgantown satellite days.)

Charles Laughton in Hobson’s Choice (1954)

What a day this has been! What a rare mood I’m in!
Why, it’s almost like being in love!
There’s a smile on my face for the whole human race!
Why, it’s almost like being in love!
All the music of life seems to be like a bell that is ringing for me!
And from the way that I feel when that bell starts to peal,
I could swear I was falling, I would swear I was falling,
It’s almost like being in love…

Thanks, and I hope I passed the audition.

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