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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Peggy Hobbs
Joe Carmody
Katey Hobbs
Lili Gentle ...
Janie Grant
Byron Grant
Martin Turner
Emily Turner
Reggie McHugh
Valerie Varda ...
Marika Carter
Susan Carver
Josh Peine ...
Stan Carver
Danny Hobbs
Richard Collier ...
Mr. Kagle


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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Release Date:

15 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hobbs macht Ferien  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The statue of the woman's head on the Hobbs' bedroom mantlepiece can also be seen in Harvey (1950), also starring James Stewart and Minerva Urecal. See more »


As the Hobbs family arrives home from vacation, the kids pile out of the car, leaving the rear driver side door open. In the next shot of Mr. Hobbs standing next to the car, the rear door is suddenly shut. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

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


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


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Lighten up
28 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

I am reading reviews of Mr Hobbs takes a vacation and can't believe some of the stuff I'm reading .. "boring script?" ... "miscasted" .. I firmly believe anyone who doesn't like this movie was not born in the 60's or never took a vacation with his family .. This is a simple story of a simple time .. sorry no sex violence .. Jimmy Stewart doesn't turn into a Zombie ... it's just a pure and simple movie filmed during a pure and simple time .. and yet some of the issues are still here today: family troubles, growing up with braces, identifying and communicating with a Grandfather ..

I smile ear to ear when I see this BECAUSE it doesn't have sex or violence .. it merely transports me to a simpler time when my Mom and Dad poured us all into the back of the station wagon .. me complaining the whole time .. and yet when it was over I was so sad to leave and have memories I still cherish ..

So sad they don't make these type of movies anymore... it simply wouldn't sell ...

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