Charles Laughton’s swaggering performance as a tyrannical boot maker—sort of a domestic Captain Bligh—is the best reason to see this 1954 Victorian comedy; he refuses to let his three daughters marry, because he’ll lose the free labor in his shop, but the eldest (Brenda de Banzie) becomes secretly engaged to the chief assistant (John Mills) and begins to plot her revenge. David Lean directed, with wit and tact.