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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 »


Ken Annakin


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




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


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


At the start of the film Mrs Huggett comes back from shopping in the pouring rain, gets to her front door and there's a strong shadow of her on the front door caused by the film arc lights. 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 »


Follows Here Come the Huggetts (1948) See more »


House in the Sky
Music by Peter Hart
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Sung by Petula Clark (uncredited)
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Johannesburg here we come
30 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The third film concerning the Huggett family has them in all kinds of problems. Jack Warner has lost his job and his son-in-law can't get passage for his wife Dinah Sheridan and himself to South Africa where a job awaits. So the whole Huggett clan, Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Hanley and Sheridan and the two other daughters Susan Shaw and Petula Clark decide to move bag and baggage to South Africa.

Here's what I don't get. For some reason they decide that it might be cheaper and faster to go overland from Algiers to Johannesburg and that's over 4000 miles through some nasty country, not all of it a colony of the United Kingdom. It seems so preposterous it's the reason I can't give The Huggetts Abroad a higher rating.

They also get some assistance from Hugh McDermott who has his own reasons for wanting to get out of Great Britain quickly and quietly.

With these British city folk in the Sahara desert The Huggetts Abroad is far more serious than the two previous Huggett films. If it weren't for the black and white I'd swear I was watching scenes from Legend Of The Lost.

Best part of the film is Petula Clark's singing. Before she became an international pop star in the 60s with Downtown she was a Deanna Durbin/Judy Garland like child star in the UK. Voice like Garland's a little Miss Fixit personality like Durbin's. But very pleasing to listen to.

Huggett Family fans of which there are many should like this one despite the impracticality of the premise.

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Release Date:

May 1949 (UK) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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