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

The marvel of our time, | I guess, is the exploration of outer space.

Man is, for the first time, | leaving the face of the Earth.

In the name of science, | diplomacy and technology...

we're getting off the planet.

However, the real reason | for this exploration is a simple one...

and I, Roger Hobbs | of St. Louis, Missouri...

have discovered this reason.

It's too damn crowded down here.!

Oh, welcome back, Mr. Hobbs.

- Thank you, Ellen. Glad to be back. | - Did you have a nice vacation?


Uh, I want you to take something.

This goes to Mrs. Hobbs...

not to be opened | until after my death.

- Is this going to be a long one or a short one? | - I don't know yet.

Then I'd better get another book. | I've only a few pages left in this one.

My darling Peggy...

when you read this, I- Oh.

I'm sorry, but I remembered when you were | dictating that one about Mrs. Hobbs's brother-

what you really thought of him-

it was so long, | I ran right out of the book.

Uh-huh. Uh, well-

All right. Are you ready?

My darling Peggy, | by the time you read this...

I'll be in an urn | at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

So let me make it clear | from the very beginning...

that notwithstanding | what I may say here and now...

I loved you to the end | and with all my heart.


With all my heart. Paragraph.

Please don't think I was hasty.

I was just like any other normal, | red-blooded American gopher...

who works in a big city.

Living underground | most of the time...

naturally, I liked the idea | of a little fresh air.

- Paragraph? | - Paragraph.

This is simply to explain to you...

why, after last month...

you never again | were able to suck me in...

to another gay, happy, | carefree vacation...

with the family-

may God bless and keep | each and every one of them...



Even now, there is no man alive...

who believes more devoutly than I do...

that the family is the rock...

upon which civilization is built.

But speaking to you now | from beyond the grave...

let me say to you, frankly...

that I had rather stay on | as a gopher...

than be trapped with my family...

for a whole month in the same house.


I also agree heartily | with all modern authorities...

that there is no more | sacred obligation in life...

than a lasting communication | between parents and children.

But from now on, I'm going to see | if I can't manage mine by long distance...

and the longer, the better.

- Paragraph? | - No paragraph.

It's not that I don't love them, | you understand.

It's just that the day finally arrives when | a man simply hasn't got the strength...

to handle all the jams | his children get themselves into.

Sailing date:
June 2.

Remember lastJune, Peggy?

I called you from the office | that it was all set for a month's vacation?

Well, what I had in mind, darn it...

was a month off | just for you and me.

Just a couple of old smoothies | on the loose again...

communicating with nobody but each other | and an occasional deck steward.

- I can't see. | - Good evening.

Oh, hello. Would you mind | moving over a little bit, please?

How would you like to spend next month | on a real Western dude ranch?

- No, thanks. | - That's what you think, buster.


Will you listen-Will you listen | for just one minute, darling?

Ah, hang up, Mother. Tell 'em Father's | home drunk and needs looking after.

- It's Katey, long distance. | - Well, what's- Nothing wrong, is there?

Oh, you bet there is. | She doesn't want to go to Emerald Bay.

It is not stupid, Katey, and I must say | that it's not very bright of you...

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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