Back to top

Hobson's choice

Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda De Banzie
Spoiler alert
Blog entry

Hobson's heavy drinking and alcohol intoxication, threatened by signs of emergence of the temperance movement, play a prominent role in the plot until he awakens one morning (1:28) to a buzzing sound. When he opens his eyes he hallucinates swarms of mosquito-like insects, then a giant rat. Since there is no other sign of delirium Substance-Induced Psychotic Disorder fits. During a house call (1:31) his physician elicits tremors which do not seem quite consistent with asterixis (liver flap) and diagnoses chronic alcoholism.