Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation [VHS]

Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation [VHS]

James Stewart reunites with his Harvey director, Henry Koster, in this 1962 comedy, which is charming enough even though it doesn’t seem quite up to the level of talent involved. (The screenwriter is the legendary Nunnally Johnson–writer and director of The Three Faces of Eve, among many other titles–and the music is by Henry Mancini.) But it is pleasant, summery entertainment with Stewart and his screen wife, Maureen O’Hara, taking their urban family to a crumbling, seaside house for a vacation. The film was calculated to pull in older fans with Stewart as well as draw in a younger crowd that would enjoy the fairly extensive beach scenes with pop-star Fabian. Stewart is deft with the easy jokes about bad plumbing and such, and golden in

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