Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Synopsis: 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 bo
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Henry Koster
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

to keep describing every place in the world | that's not Paris as stupid.

Now- Now, will you listen to me | for one second?

Paris? Wh-What about Paris?

Oh, she and three other girls out of her class | have cooked up some crazy notion...

of gallivanting all over Europe | this summer.

But how in the world | are you going to pay for it, Katey?

Yeah, I'd sort of be interested | in the answer to that one myself.

Oh, no, darling.

You can lend it to her, and she'll pay it back | weekly out of her allowance, with interest.

By golly, you really got to hand it | to the kid for trying, don't you?

- How much interest? | - Mother!

Mother. Mother! | Positively weird, both of them.

You should see my mother. | Absolutely weird!

I have never seen anybody | as weird as my mother.

They're all... so insecure.

- That's right. | - Mother? Now, really, I can't-

I'm sorry, darling, but it's out of the question, | and that's all there is to it.

I have to hang up now because | we have a call coming in from Susie.

- Hugs and kisses, darling. Bye now. | - Mom!


- She hung up. | - How weird.

Oh, they're weird, I'll tell you.

Positively weird.

Well, what's this | Emerald Bay business?

Well, the Nickersons are letting us | have their beach house there for August.

- It's right on the water, just south of San Francisco. | - You mean for the children?

For all of us. | It's big enough for the whole family.

- Wait a minute, honey. Just wait-wait- | - Oh, I know, I know.

This is the chance of a lifetime for | an old-fashioned family get-together...

and we mustn't be selfish about it.

But, honey, | that wasn't the idea at all.

Do you realize that this may be the last time | we'll ever be all together again?

That's what you say every time, | and I admit it's a very attractive prospect.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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