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The Huggetts Abroad (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | May 1949 (UK)
Life is not going well for the Huggetts. Father has lost his job. Jimmy and his wife cannot get to South Africa where he has a new job. So the family decide that they should go to South ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Keith Campbell (story), Gerard Bryant (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... The Huggett Family - Father
Kathleen Harrison ... The Huggett Family - Mother
Dinah Sheridan ... The Huggett Family - Jane
Susan Shaw ... The Huggett Family - Susan
Petula Clark ... The Huggett Family - Pet
Jimmy Hanley ... Jimmy
Peter Hammond ... Peter
Hugh McDermott ... Bob McCoy
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Grandma
John Blythe ... Gowan
Everley Gregg ... Miss Phipps
Esma Cannon ... Brown Owl
Brian Oulton ... Travel Clerk
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Straker
Martin Miller ... Customs Official
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Storyline

Life is not going well for the Huggetts. Father has lost his job. Jimmy and his wife cannot get to South Africa where he has a new job. So the family decide that they should go to South Africa by truck. With their travelling companion they travel across the desert which includes a brush with the law. Written by Catherine <catherine.ling@virgin.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1949 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an uncredited appearance, Horace Percival appears as a pedlar, his best-known role from the radio series and film It's That Man Again (1943). See more »

Goofs

When the Algerian Detective Peter Illing questions the Jeweller Meinhart Maur about the man selling diamonds, the jeweller states the man was over six feet. The detective says that means he was five feet ten. At the time the film was made, Algeria was under French rule and the man's height should have been stated under the metric system and not in English units. See more »

Crazy Credits

[Following the opening credits, the following disclaimer]: The Huggett Family, which made its screen debut in "Holiday Camp", appears again in this film.

Since the name of the family was chosen it has been brought to our notice that a Mr. and Mrs. Vane Huggett and their family made a trek across Africa, subsequently returning to England.

This film does not relate to Mr. and Mrs. Vane Huggett and their family and is not in any way based on their experiences.

On the contrary, all characters and events are fictitious.

Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

Follows Holiday Camp (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Doodle-oodle-day
Music by Peter Hart
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Sung by Petula Clark (uncredited) and the others
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Rather slow nostalgia trip
13 August 2001 | by chrisandsereSee all my reviews

If you remember the Huggets then probably this film is for you. It follows the family attempting to escape from austerity England to South Africa, and getting caught up in some diamond smuggling along the way.

The plot is paper thin (so much so that it almost disappears at one point), and the direction moves in fits and starts, but if you're feeling nostalgic for the days when we believed in the stereotypes for foreigners because we had no experience to teach us better, then you'll like this. Interestingly enough, the only out and out baddie in the film is another Englishman - even the Canadian diamond smuggler is a lovable rogue.

The film is made palatable for me, however, by Jack Warner, who despite playing more or less the same character as his subsequent Dixon of Dock Green (and The Blue Lamp) police sergeant, exudes an irresistible avuncular warmth, and Pet Clark, whose bubbly performance helps raise the rest of the family out of the mire that an uninspired screenplay tries to put them. She also gets to sing, though you'd never believe this little girl is the same as she who sang Downtown.


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