Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

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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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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James Stewart
as Roger Hobbs
Maureen O'Hara
as Peggy Hobbs
as Joe
Marie Wilson
as Mrs. Emily Turner
Reginald Gardiner
as Reggie McHugh
Lauri Peters
as Katey Hobbs
John McGiver
as Mr. Martin Turner
Natalie Trundy
as Susan Carver
Josh Peine
as Stan Carver
Michael Burns
as Danny Hobbs
Richard Collier
as Mr. Kagle
Peter Oliphant
as Peter Carver
Tom Lowell
as Freddie
Sherry Alberoni
as Girls in Dormitory
True Ellison
as Girls in Dormitory
Ernie Gutierrez
as Pizza Maker
Barbara Mansell
as Receptionist
Maida Severn
as Secretary
Doris Packer
as Hostess
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

  • Jan 23, 2012
    You can't go wrong with James Stewart! Very heartfelt family film. Favorite lines; Mr. Martin Turner: You haven't done much walking have you Hobbs? Roger Hobbs: Only since I was about two years old! Roger Hobbs: There ought to be an un-Edison, an un-Thomas Alva Edison who un-invents things, and the first thing they ought to un-invent is that television.
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    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
  • Aug 01, 2008
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2008
    For all the clean cut family comedy this flick contains, Roger (James Stewart) and Peggy (Maureen O'Hara) do share a bed as husband and wife. It's the early '60s, but this middle aged couple is not shown using separate twin beds. That makes this story decidedly not square. There is just a hint of what was to come in the '60s. The family arrives at this run down beach house with a high school daughter (Peters) in braces, a son (Burns) who is possibly still in middle school and addicted to TV westerns, and a cranky maid. Their two older daughters (Gentle and Trundy) arrive with their husbands (Saxon and Peine, respectively). Stewart narrates about the challenges of trying to find some peace and quiet on this vacation amidst a flirty sunbathing babe, a neighbor who won't get off the party phone line, hosting children who are now independent, and entertaining a son-in-law's potential employer. Eventually Peters' character Katey overcomes her shyness and starts dating Joe (Fabian). With the teen heartthrob involved a song had to be included. It is cheesy. This was a year before the Beach Party movies began though. Generally it is a fun movie with James Stewart being an adorably put upon dad.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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