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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 15 June 1962 (USA)
Mr. Hobbs wants to spend a quiet holiday at the beach, but his wife has invited all their family to stay with them.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Edward Streeter (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Roger Hobbs
Maureen O'Hara ... Peggy Hobbs
Fabian ... Joe Carmody
Lauri Peters ... Katey Hobbs
Lili Gentle Lili Gentle ... Janie Grant
John Saxon ... Byron Grant
John McGiver ... Martin Turner
Marie Wilson ... Emily Turner
Reginald Gardiner ... Reggie McHugh
Valerie Varda Valerie Varda ... Marika Carter
Natalie Trundy ... Susan Carver
Josh Peine Josh Peine ... Stan Carver
Michael Burns ... Danny Hobbs
Minerva Urecal ... Brenda
Richard Collier ... Mr. Kagle
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Storyline

St. Louis based banker Roger Hobbs is writing a letter to his wife, Peggy Hobbs, about his true feelings concerning their just returned from month long vacation, the letter to be opened only after his death, whenever that may be. Mr. Hobbs wanted the vacation to be a romantic getaway for two, but Peggy insisted that it be a family vacation to a central California beach-side house, given to them for the month by friends. The vacation included all their offspring, and their offspring's respective families where applicable. Hobbs hated the idea as he felt he didn't know his offspring - and their spouses even less - and that they, in turn, no longer needed him. They include: daughter Susan Carver, who, with her husband, Stan Carver, have a permissive parenting style as per the latest child psychology books; daughter Janie Grant, whose husband, college professor, Byron Grant, has an academic view of everything in life; fourteen year old daughter, Katey Hobbs, who is self conscious around ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Jimmy Takes A Vacation... You Have All The Fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hobbs macht Ferien See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the first of two movies Maureen O'Hara made with Jimmy Stewart; in 1966 she also made The Rare Breed with Stewart. See more »

Goofs

The Hobbs family hails from St. Louis. The rental house is near San Francisco. That's a distance of over 2000 miles. Figuring driving steady for 10 hours a day at 60 mph, the journey would have taken 3 to 4 days at the least. Yet, at the end of the movie the family is dressed in the same clothing when they arrive home as they were in when they left. Either they washed clothing somewhere along the way or the continuity person missed that one. See more »

Quotes

Peter Carver: I don't like you!
Roger Hobbs: You little creep.
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Crazy Credits

At the end credits each major character is shown as they are identified along with the acting credit. See more »

Connections

References Dragonwyck (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Cream Puff
Written by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
Performed by Fabian and Lauri Peters
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wry comedy with too much Fabian
16 June 2001 | by hbsSee all my reviews

This is a very nice movie, but it could have been more. The scenes between Stewart and O'Hara are some of the best (and funniest) scenes I've ever seen portraying and affectionate, mature married couple. One of my favorite moments is when Mrs. Hobbs asks her husband, "What did you tell him I had, dementia praecox?" You don't get dialogue and delivery like that anymore...

The thing that mars the movie is that either the people making the movie didn't realize how wonderful the scenes between O'Hara and Stewart were, or they worried about some stupid demographic junk and silted the movie up with "youth appeal". Most of the scenes with the teenage daughter could have been cut, especially the awful scene where Fabian sings, and the sequence where he goes sailing with his son should have been tightened.

But the scenes with the two parents (especially the ones in the bedroom where they discuss their sons-in-law and the house), and Stewart's occasional morbid fantasies make this movie a winner. I think with a little more care it could have been a classic, but it's well worth seeing, and you can fast-forward over the scene at the pizza shop where Fabian sings.


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