Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

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


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Release Date:

15 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hobbs macht Ferien  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The station wagon used in the film is a 1960 Dodge Seneca. See more »


When Mrs. Turner in locked in the bathroom, Jimmy Stewart calls her Mrs. Hobbs and she says, "Mrs. Turner" and he says, "Oh yes, Mrs. Turner." See more »


Roger Hobbs: I'd be more religious if something wouldn't happen to that television set. Just praying that lightning would strike it, not the entire industry, just our set.
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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 Dragonwyck (1946) See more »


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Bright, Breezy and Hilarious
23 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As of this writing, "Hobbs" is approaching it's fiftieth anniversary. I saw this for the first time in the summer of 1962 as a nine-year old and loved it then. I love it to this day. The film plays somewhat like a widescreen color sitcom made for the theater. It is episodic in nature, but hen so is "Auntie Mame", another favorite of mine. There are laugh-out-loud moments and quiet, heartwarming moments mixed in equal measure to produce a family film that is very satisfying to watch. The cast is uniformly good with special mention to John Macgiver and Marie Wilson as the hilarious Turners, and Minerva Urecal as the Hobbs' dragon-like housekeeper. James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara spark some real chemistry here, and the production is easy on the eyes with some lovely location shooting, and wrapped up in a classic Henry Mancini score that will leave you humming the title song.

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