Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 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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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.

June 7, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

June 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

really good flick, that birdwalk gets me every time

danny d
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
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
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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