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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 Everley Gregg ... Miss Phipps
Esma Cannon ... Brown Owl
Brian Oulton ... Travel Clerk
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Straker
Martin Miller 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last of the Huggett films. A sequel, "Christmas with the Huggetts", was planned but never made. 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 »

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Follows Vote for Huggett (1949) 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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Refreshingly stereotypical
27 May 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

A charming, sentimental, simple tale of a charming, sentimental, simple British suburban family who would like to escape from the post WW2 austerity programme in operation. And Dad had lost his job too. To execute this escape they decide to drive over Africa to South Africa in a 2nd hand truck with a paying Canadian guest who has a rather dark secret in his oil powered refrigerator.

Jack Warner as Dad and Kathleen Harrison as Mum were perfectly cast Cockney stereotypes, the kids and Jimmy Hanley were excellent role models too. Everyone and everything, the story, production and acting is old fashioned and mind-numbingly ordinary - I've always loved this film! 83 minutes to switch off thinking and let it flow. If you do it's amazing just how believable the plot and people really are, even when Pet Clark bursts into song. Her second song was pleasant, yet it was rudely interrupted by a nasty piece of work complaining about the row.

This was the 4th and final Huggett film, but the family were revived by BBC radio from 1953 to 1962, at its peak getting more than 10 million weekly listeners. As the other films are never shown on UK TV nowadays I presume they've been banned by the Department of Political Correctness. I'm not surprised it didn't win any prizes at the time, but it's a nice little film.


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