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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

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

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Roger Hobbs
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Peggy Hobbs
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Joe Carmody
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Katey Hobbs
Lili Gentle ...
Janie Grant
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Byron Grant
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Martin Turner
Marie Wilson ...
Emily Turner
Reginald Gardiner ...
Reggie McHugh
Valerie Varda ...
Marika Carter
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Susan Carver
Josh Peine ...
Stan Carver
Michael Burns ...
Danny Hobbs
Minerva Urecal ...
Brenda
Richard Collier ...
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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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Jimmy Takes A Vacation... You Have All The Fun!

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Comedy | Family

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15 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Mr. Hobbs macht Ferien  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Eleanor Parker was originally announced for the role played by Maureen O'Hara. See more »

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When the car approaches Hobbes and Turner during their bird watching expedition, they are walking in the middle of the road, effectively blocking traffic. In the next shot, the car has room to go around them. See more »

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Mr. Martin Turner: You haven't done much walking have you Hobbs?
Roger Hobbs: Only since I was about two years old!
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At the end credits each major character is shown as they are identified along with the acting credit. See more »

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wry comedy with too much Fabian
16 June 2001 | by (United States) – See 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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