6.8/10
230
11 user

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The return of the Huggett family. After first meeting the family at the Holiday Camp, this is on the home front. The Huggetts are about to have their first telephone installed. In today's ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Jane Hylton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A firm of solicitors do battle with the head of the local council over a parcel of river front land, owned by the Huggett family, in order to build a lido/community center.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Susan Shaw
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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
Stars: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Dinah Sheridan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On marrying the boss's daughter, Richard takes his father-in-law's advice to hire a live-in domestic. He soon finds good help is hard to come by. Run-ins follow with dipsomaniacs, bank ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Michael Craig, Anne Heywood, Mylène Demongeot
Dear Murderer (1947)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled.

Director: Bob Kellett
Stars: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Quietly competent young Joanna moves with her scatterbrain mother to a country village to take up her first job as District Nurse. She soon overcomes the suspicion of her patients used to ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Juliet Mills, Ronald Lewis, Joan Sims
To the Manor Born (1979–1981)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

Stars: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon
The Fast Lady (1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A naive Scotsman buys a vintage sports car and learns to drive in order to impress the daughter of an arrogant aristocrat who despises him.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Leslie Phillips, Julie Christie, James Robertson Justice
Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jack Warner ...
...
...
Michael Halliday
Kathleen Harrison ...
Yvonne Owen ...
Angela Kirby
...
Camp Announcer
...
Jimmy Gardner
Peter Hammond ...
Harry Huggett
...
...
Steve
Jeannette Tregarthen ...
Valerie Thompson
Beatrice Varley ...
Valerie's Aunt
Dennis Harkin ...
Charlie
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 September 1947 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cupido em Férias  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While being set in the Summer it was actually filmed in the Winter in the early part of 1947. 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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Ethel Huggett: I'm goin' to my sister Daisy's and you can get one of your fancy women to come and queue and clean and cook for you... if you think I'm going on slaving my fingers to the bone while you go chuckin' yer money away like the man who broke the bank at Monte Christo, you've got another thing coming.
See more »

Connections

Followed by The Huggetts Abroad (1949) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Esma Cannon Will Break Your Heart
18 June 2014 | by 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.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page