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
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 »
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 »
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]
"The dark one on the left."
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At the end credits each major character is shown as they are identified along with the acting credit. See more »
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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