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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 ... 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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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:

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Details

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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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

Every morning when they go to the beach, their shadows project away from the ocean. That could only happen in the late afternoon on the West coast. See more »

Quotes

Roger Hobbs: I'm scared to death I'll run into them someday on the street without their wives... and won't even recognize them! Do you realize that I've seen Mr. Stanley Carver... exactly three times in my whole life before today? The next time I saw him after meeting him for five minutes in Cleveland was at the altar. "The dark one on the left," somebody said. And I gave my own flesh-and-blood daughter to this complete stranger.
[in disbelieving disgust]
Roger Hobbs: "The dark one on the left."
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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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Plain relaxing fun
4 June 1999 | by ADAM-53See all my reviews

This is an old-fashioned movie about a married couple's attempt to bring their distant family back together. It's not raunchy, violent or nasty, and its depiction of a mum, dad and children living in a "nuclear" family may seem quaintly out-dated, but Stewart and O'Hara provide warmth and depth. Based on a book by Edward ('Father of the Bride') Streeter, Mr Hobbs is one of this American author's typical small-town, upper-middle class heroes who the whole world and his wife (and Mr Hobbs's own wife)are out to get. Simple mechanical devices, plumbers and visiting luminaries' wives all spell trouble, but somehow Mr Hobbs comes through to win the day. Not the greatest film ever, but for anyone who grew up in the early 60s and wants a reminder of how simple life seemed back then, this is a good film to watch.


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