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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Roger Hobbs
Maureen O'Hara ... Peggy Hobbs
Fabian ... Joe Carmody
Lauri Peters ... Katey Hobbs
Lili Gentle Lili Gentle ... Janie Grant
John Saxon ... Byron Grant
John McGiver ... Martin Turner
Marie Wilson ... Emily Turner
Reginald Gardiner ... Reggie McHugh
Valerie Varda Valerie Varda ... Marika Carter
Natalie Trundy ... Susan Carver
Josh Peine Josh Peine ... Stan Carver
Michael Burns ... Danny Hobbs
Minerva Urecal ... Brenda
Richard Collier 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 macht Ferien 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

The Hobbs family hails from St. Louis. The rental house is near San Francisco. That's a distance of over 2000 miles. Figuring driving steady for 10 hours a day at 60 mph, the journey would have taken 3 to 4 days at the least. Yet, at the end of the movie the family is dressed in the same clothing when they arrive home as they were in when they left. Either they washed clothing somewhere along the way or the continuity person missed that one. 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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Cream Puff
By Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini
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Bright, Breezy and Hilarious
23 December 2011 | by earlytalkieSee 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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