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Holiday Camp (1947)

The Huggett family go to a holiday camp, and get involved in crooked card players, a murderer on the run, and a pregnant young girl and her boyfriend missing from home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ...
Michael Halliday
Kathleen Harrison ...
Yvonne Owen ...
Angela Kirby
Camp Announcer
Peter Hammond ...
Harry Huggett
Esma Cannon ...
Elsie Dawson
John Blythe ...
Jeannette Tregarthen ...
Valerie Thompson
Beatrice Varley ...
Valerie's Aunt
Dennis Harkin ...


Mr. and Mrs. Average British Family...if the average British family consists of a husband, wife, widowed daughter and an adventurous son...go to a holiday camp, and encounter many people who are there for various and sundry reasons; a young, unmarried couple who are about to become parents sans wedlock; a sadist eluding Scorland Yard and looking for more sadist activities; a husband-seeking spinster; two would-be gamblers looking just to make expenses; and a middle-aged matron on her first holiday after years of taking care of her invalid mother. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

15 September 1947 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cupido em Férias  »

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Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film to feature the Huggett family. They proved so popular with post-wartime audiences that three more films featuring them followed. See more »


At the dinner when the card sharps talk the Huggetts' son into coming back to their chalet for a game of cards, they ask him if he knows how to play poker, yet when he turns up later they immediately stay playing pontoon. See more »


Followed by Vote for Huggett (1949) See more »

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Esma Cannon Will Break Your Heart
18 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

HOLIDAY CAMP is an important 1947 British film for several reasons. First off, it documents the rise of a British institution, the holiday camp, a place where the working class flocked in the years after World War II to enjoy the countryside and various activities like swimming and biking and dancing. The holiday camp planned all kinds of outdoors activities for people who otherwise never got out of the city.

The films comprises several plot lines. The Huggett family (they would spin off into their own film series) epitomizes the working class family on the way up. They still hold to old morals and traditions but they are thrust into the post-war world where beauty contests and having a good time are now the norm. We also see a lonely spinster whose life has been wasted in pining for a boy who never came back from World War I and taking care of an ailing mother. Another plot follows a caddish womanizer who also seems to have a secret.

Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison are the parents. Peter Hammond is the hapless son, and Hazel Court the war widow with a baby. Flora Robson is the spinster who lets go of the past and finds a new purpose in life. Dennis Price is the cad with a secret.

But it's Esma Cannon, the tiny (4 ft 10) actress who steals the film as Elsie Dawson, an endlessly cheerful old maid who throws herself into life and into the pursuit of "Mr. Right" even though the odds are against her. She chases after Dennis Price, takes part in every camp activity (including a swim-suit beauty contest), and cheers up everyone around her. The ending of the film and Elsie's fate are quite shocking.

All of the stars are excellent. Co-stars include Esmond Knight as the "voice" of the camp (via loudspeakers), Jimmy Hanley as a possible son-in-law for the Huggetts, Yvonne Owen as a sharp-tongued friend, Beatrice Varley as a bitter old aunt, Emrys Jones and Jeannette Tregarthen as the troubled young couple, Susan Shaw as Patsy, Jane Hylton as the camp receptionist, Diana Dors as a dancer, and Patricia Roc in a cameo as herself.

But it's Esma Cannon who you'll remember from this great film.

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