FILM : Hobson's Choice
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Hobson's Choice 1953 Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda di Banzie, Prunella Scales, Richard Wattis, Joseph Tomelty, John Laurie Salford, Stockport, Manchester
Director : David Lean   Production Company : London Film Productions  Region : NORTH

Overbearing Victorian father gets his cum uppance from his daughter and a boot-maker.

The background Will and Maggie's chapel wedding is of Stockport. Amongst the buildings can be seen the town's power station which was finally demolished in about 1981. Stockport is also shown at the close of a scene much earlier in the film, which sees Hobson helped into his bed by Maggie after a night at the Moonrakers. Prior to the M63 (M60) motorway being built, parts of Stockport town centre were pretty much unchanged since the 50s. A Cavanagh.

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Hobson's Choice - With convincing supporting evidence Martin Green says that this view is looking down from the top end of Ford Street (now lost under Rosamond Drive) that ran at an angle of 75% up Rosamond Drive. The chimney seen to the right of the Cathedral was that of the Tinsmith Works on the corner of Cleminson Street and Melville Street. (RL
Hobson's Choice

hch010b. With convincing supporting evidence Martin Green says that this view is looking down from the top end of Ford Street (now lost under Rosamond Drive) that ran at an angle of 75% up Rosamond Drive. The chimney seen to the right of the Cathedral was that of the Tinsmith Works on the corner of Cleminson Street and Melville Street. (RL

Hobson's Choice - Is it real, or is it a set, wonderful lighting. Cooling tower hidden and to the left of the pillar, the
Hobson's Choice

hch011. Is it real, or is it a set, wonderful lighting. Cooling tower hidden and to the left of the pillar, the "lump" and the chimney remain. Rounded steps and an urn standing on a plinth.

hch011n. From Dave Moran, after considerable sleuthing: The foreground is of Christ Church Salford. (The photo is of the church of Sts Phillip & Stephen, rounded steps). The back drop is of Stockport. How it was done is a mystery at present. Back projection and a matte? Not filmed at Christchurch, but at Hanover Chapel on Lancashire Hill, Stockport. It's not a matte, nor is it back projection. I have photos of the chapel and the courtyard made of laid down flag stones. The stone pillars and round steps are most likely a film 'prop'. You can hear a train in Tiviot Dale below the chapel in the film says Tony Sims.
(Modern Photo Added: 02-01-2013)

Hobson's Choice - Sent in by Tony Sims; photo's of Hanover Chapel, they've been borrowed from Stockport Council Archive but are not copyrighted according to the archive. Chapel was demolished in 1960's.
Hobson's Choice

hch011a. Sent in by Tony Sims; photo's of Hanover Chapel, they've been borrowed from Stockport Council Archive but are not copyrighted according to the archive. Chapel was demolished in 1960's.

hch011b. ....and another from Tony. Must've seemed an ideal spot for a chapel, quiet, tranquil, calm etc.........
(Modern Photo Added: 22-05-2013)

Hobson's Choice - Nice urn, nice cooling tower??..whoops! The urn now seems higher and the lighting much flatter, with sun on her, and his, face!
Wool being pulled over our eyes?
Hobson's Choice

hch012. Nice urn, nice cooling tower??..whoops! The urn now seems higher and the lighting much flatter, with sun on her, and his, face! Wool being pulled over our eyes?

hub012t. Photo from the mid 60's, sent in by Dave Moran, so a "then" rather than a "now", showing church and cooling tower, in Stockport, St Mary's church, used in A Taste of Honey. Also in view a roundish lump, and a high chimney seen in 011. Which is part of the electricty works. It was an odd shaped steel clad building which was demolished about 1980 at about the same time as the cooling tower. Tony Sims.
(Modern Photo Added: 02-01-2013)

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