Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Director: Henry Koster Cast: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Fabian


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Screenwriter Nunnally Johnson adapted the novel by author Edward Streeter, whose work was also the basis of Father of the Bride (1950), into this domestic comedy. James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara star as Roger and Peggy Hobbs, a St. Louis couple with a large brood who desire a seaside vacation. Renting a cottage by the ocean is just the first step in a summer fraught with disasters, including a couch potato son, a shy daughter with newly installed braces, a pair of grown daughters who have married badly, and a local yachtsman with eyes for Peggy. Not to mention the ramshackle state of the shoreline abode, Roger and Peggy's new grandparent status, and incidents involving a sexy neighbor, a sailboat regatta and bird watching.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
UPC: 0024543190936
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 13,741

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Roger Hobbs
Maureen O'Hara Peggy Hobbs
Fabian Joe
John Saxon Byron
Reginald Gardiner Reggie McHugh
Marie Wilson Emily Turner
Lauri Peters Katey
Valerie Varda Marika
Lili Gentle Janie
John McGiver Martin Turner
Natalie Trundy Susan Carver
Josh Peine Stan Carver
Minerva Urecal Brenda
Michael Burns Danny Hobbs
Richard Collier Mr. Saltonstall
Peter Oliphant Peter Carver
Tom Lowell Freddie
Stephen Mines Carl
Dennis Whitcomb Dick
Michael Sean Phil
Doris Packer Hostess
Daryl Duke Boy
Sherry Alberoni Girl in Dormitory
Reginald Beckwith Actor
Barbara Mansell Receptionist
Maida Severn Secretary

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Warren B. Delaplain Sound/Sound Designer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Marjorie Fowler Editor
Marvin A. Gluck Associate Producer
Nunnally Johnson Screenwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Richards Asst. Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Jerry Wald Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
1. Main Titles/Too Crowded [4:18]
2. Take a Letter [3:05]
3. Family Get-Together [4:43]
4. Emerald Bay [6:49]
5. Priming the Pump [5:15]
6. Sun on the Beach [5:46]
7. Boompa [4:29]
8. Family Discord [5:30]
9. Who Are These People? [4:06]
10. Sons-in-Law [5:11]
11. Teenage Dance [8:18]
12. Roger Takes Action [5:54]
13. Motherly Concern [7:20]
14. Cap'n Roger [11:24]
15. Bonding [1:24]
16. Pizza Heaven [1:59]
17. The Turners [5:17]
18. Polite Conversation [3:29]
19. For the Birds [4:29]
20. Steam Heat [6:48]
21. About Last Night [:56]
22. Saying Goodbye [3:56]
23. Heading Home [4:29]
24. Next Summer/End Titles [1:23]

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Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Susan_Bea More than 1 year ago
Entertaining summer movie to enjoy with the family. Any James Stewart and/or Maureen O'Hara fan will enjoy watching them as a couple in this funny beach vacation. If you're a baby boomer; then you might enjoy the bubblegum song written for Fabian for this movie. Although technology has changed since this was made; the family dynamics is the same today.
ladyfinger More than 1 year ago
What a great movie. It had two of my favorite actors. Jimmy Stewart,and Maureen O'Hara. You will want to add this to your collection of movie classics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Stewart in this comedic role is hilarious!
KBinPA More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this movie when I was young. I loved it then and I love it now. Jimmy Stewart is hilarious as the supposed head of the family. Acutally it is his wife, played by Maureen O'Hara, who is in charge. But she has that 50's - 60's "wife Magic" that gets her exactly what she wants without the husband even realizing. The entire family is so enjoyable to watch as they arrive at this rundown beach house, thinking it will be a terrible experience. They end up having a great summer. Very cute for the 60's movie me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Jimmy Stewart's popular roles in the 1960's was as an endearing family man. He steps up in this role, with a great performance (as always). My dad has watched this film ever since he was a young boy, and I never really appreciated it until 6 years ago (or so). Now I can recite every line in the film, and it still makes me laugh. Jimmy and Maureen O'Hara have wonderful chemistry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was recommended to me as a good film for anyone who's ever experienced (endured?) a multi-generational family vacation. I expected comedy but found more satire. The story begins slowly and is so painfully realistic that I almost turned the movie off. I'm glad I persevered to the end, though, because the second half provided some laugh-out-loud moments to dispel pent-up tensions over the family's problems, and those problems had satisfying resolutions, made all the more so because they *were* realistic. A mature marriage is well-portrayed between the Hobbs (Stewart and O'Hara), and the depth of their love for their children is demonstrated in the lengths to which they go in order to help them. Perhaps we'd have fewer dysfunctional families if more film and television writers learned to entertain us as they portray realistic, emotionally healthy ways to handle life's inevitable problems.