6.9/10
3,576
33 user 31 critic

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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dear Brigitte (1965)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Professor Leaf, an absent-minded poet with a prejudice against the sciences, is forced to face the fact that his son is a math prodigy with little artistic talent of his own.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: James Stewart, Fabian, Glynis Johns
Houseboat (1958)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A widower, his three young kids and a bombshell nanny get to know each other better when circumstances have them living together aboard a badly neglected houseboat.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Abby McClure, a widow with three sons, and Jake Iverson, a widower with a teen-age daughter, get fixed up. They start dating and decide to get married. They're not prepared for the hostile ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Morris
Stars: Doris Day, Brian Keith, Pat Carroll
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lassie is trying to find her way home. She will have to run all the way from Colorado to California. Her loving owner is looking for her too.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: James Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Pernell Roberts
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a widower with 10 children marries a widow with 8, can the 20 of them ever come together as one big happy family? From finding a house big enough for all of them and learning to make ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns. Fortunately he's picked up by a ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director: David Swift
Stars: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. While housewife Kay settles into suburban life, Larry... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Brenda
Richard Collier ...
Mr. Kagle
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Jimmy Takes A Vacation... You Have All The Fun!

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Hobbs macht Ferien  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Martin Turner: You haven't done much walking have you Hobbs?
Roger Hobbs: Only since I was about four years old!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Paris champagne (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Cream Puff
By Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Plain relaxing fun
4 June 1999 | by See 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.


25 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fabian csimpkins53
Screen Shots dayandj
Homage References to Other Stewart Films adamyshoe
What is the song called at the start? Rocket71288883
any idea where this was filmed jdknbw15
TV Western film clips question Audiofilly_goes_to_the_movies
Discuss Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?