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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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Jack Warner ...
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Michael Halliday
Kathleen Harrison ...
Yvonne Owen ...
Angela Kirby
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Camp Announcer
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Peter Hammond ...
Harry Huggett
Esma Cannon ...
Elsie Dawson
John Blythe ...
Steve
Jeannette Tregarthen ...
Valerie Thompson
Beatrice Varley ...
Valerie's Aunt
Dennis Harkin ...
Charlie
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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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15 September 1947 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cupido em Férias  »

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(British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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Feature-film directorial debut of Ken Annakin. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Followed by The Huggetts Abroad (1949) See more »

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Post war cross Britania
18 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This film introduced me to a British institution I was not familiar with, as the title says Holiday Camp. It's kind of like a cruise ship on land with organized activities like one where guests stay in various cabins. This film also introduced the Huggett family to the British movie-going public. The Huggetts are parents Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison, son Peter Hammond and daughter Hazel Court. Like Ma and Pa Kettle who were introduced in The Egg And I, the Huggetts would go on to a few feature films and were a great favorite in the United Kingdom.

But they were second billed here to Flora Robson a kindly spinster woman who lost her true love during the first World War and who is rooming with a young woman Jeanette Tregarthen. Tregarthen is also pregnant but only her boyfriend Emrys Jones knows. Tregarthen's aunt Beatrice Varley a hatchet faced old harridan is there as well. Robson's performance as a woman who does a great kindness to Jones and Tregarthen is the highlight of the film. She was quite touching.

Also billed above the Huggetts is Dennis Price whose character is something along the lines of David Niven's Major in Separate Tables. But Price is a lot more sinister.

Young Peter Hammond gets good and taken by a pair of card sharps who work these camps, but those two get a nice comeuppance and Hammond learns a life lesson. Hammond is also bunking with Jimmy Hanley who played a lot of young juvenile leads in the 40s and 50s in British films. He takes an interest in Hazel Court and Hanley would also appear in future Huggett films.

This was a nice family comedy with a touch of drama and pathos and I can see why the Huggetts were so popular in the United Kingdom.


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