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

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Trivia

Shortly after the family arrives at the beach house, James Stewart starts to climb the stairway and the newel post top comes off in his hand. This appears to be a tribute to the same thing happening to him in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). See more »

Goofs

When the family is going home, Mr. Hobbs loosely puts a tarp on top of the car and a moment later it is shown tied down. See more »

Quotes

Roger Hobbs: There ought to be an un-Edison, an un-Thomas Alva Edison who un-invents things, and the first thing they ought to un-invent is that television.
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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 War and Peace (1956) See more »

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Cream Puff
Written by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
Performed by Fabian and Lauri Peters
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Amusing Nostalgic Comedy.
15 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Jimmy Stewart plays a St. Louis bank executive who goes on vacation with his wife(Maureen O'Hara) and children on a beach front house in California, where his planned romantic getaway with his wife does not go as planned, since the children get involved with their own problems(his lovelorn teenage daughter and young son who only wants to watch television, especially westerns!) On top of that, the plumbing does not work properly at times, especially a water pump with a mind of its own.

Amusing comedy is quite warm and funny, with a charming performance by Jimmy Stewart as the harried father, whose attempts at sailing and bird-watching also meet with mixed results, but film remains a nostalgic comedy of a (sadly) bygone era, but one that can still be enjoyed on DVD whenever the viewer likes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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