Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)



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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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Streeter, Nunnally Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
20th Century Fox


as Roger Hobbs

as Peggy Hobbs

as Joe

as Byron

as Mrs. Emily Turner

as Reggie McHugh

as Katey Hobbs

as Mr. Martin Turner

as Janie

as Susan Carver

as Stan Carver

as Danny Hobbs

as Mr. Kagle

as Peter Carver

as Freddie

as Girls in Dormitory

as Girls in Dormitory

as Pizza Maker

as Receptionist

as Secretary

as Hostess
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Since there are no recognizable humans in it, Mr. Hobbs is really strictly for the bird watchers.

Full Review… | June 7, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

This is a fun picture, although it misfires, chiefly in the situation development department.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A wholesome family comedy with Stewart and O'Hara as a couple whose quiet vacation becomes a noisy free-for-all for the kids.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Some of the incidents are funny, some are so-so, some are flat. And, of course, in the end, it is concluded that for all this, the family is still strong.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Maybe this isn't 60s family entertainment at its absolute worst, but it's still pretty awful.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Whirlwind direction, witty quips from screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, and the seasoned Stewart's likability ensure that the laughs keep coming in this fun film.

Full Review… | June 7, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

really good flick, that birdwalk gets me every time

danny d

Super Reviewer

Was this supposed to be funny? I found it to be a damn headache. The funniest part was the bird watching bit. But other than that I thought that it was trying. It seemed like the Simpsons would parody, or already have. Personally, I would have killed everyone in that family except for Stewart and O'Hara...

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer


James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara shine as a couple in this 60's comedy. A family goes on there last family summer vacation in southern CA to a friend's old home on the beach. Many things test there is a funny and well done movie

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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