David Lean’s film of the classic play of life in a mill town is a splendid opportunity for Laughton as the tyrannical bootmaker used to getting his own way until his daughter, the indomitable Brenda de Banzie, decides otherwise. In one memorable scene as Laughton staggers home, he sets the standard for all portrayals of drunks.

Dir. David Lean  GB 1953 107 mins (U)