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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

Writers:

Denis Constanduros (screenplay), Mabel Constanduros (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... Joe Huggett
Kathleen Harrison ... Ethel Huggett
Susan Shaw ... Susan Huggett
Petula Clark ... Pet Huggett
David Tomlinson ... Harold Hinchley
Diana Dors ... Diana Gowan
Peter Hammond ... Peter Hawtrey
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Grandma Huggett
Hubert Gregg ... Maurice Lever
John Blythe ... Gowan
Anthony Newley ... Dudley
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. Hall
Adrianne Allen ... Mrs. Hall
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Bentley
Empsie Bowman Empsie Bowman ... Old Lady
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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.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1949 (UK) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The repeated line "A garden is a lovesome thing. God wot!" is the first line of Thomas Edward Brown's poem "My Garden". Needing a rhyme for the line "Rose plot", Brown used the words "God wot" where 'wot' is an archaic form of "wit' meaning "knows". The line gave birth to the noun "godwottery" meaning (1) gardening characterised by a bizarre and elaborate style and (2) affected use of archaic language. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Huggetts Abroad (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

One In A Million
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Music by Woolf Phillips
Lyrics by Kermit Goell
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It gets my vote every time
29 September 2006 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This was Huggetts film 3/4, all were solidly entertaining fun family fare. They're also fascinating in depicting a long dead world – you find yourself continually wondering what everyone involved would have thought about modern cosmopolitan Britain and how much or little they would have enjoyed it. Did people really prefer plaice to cod?

Sentimental old codger Dad Huggett has the bright idea (pre-Passport to Pimlico) of getting the local council to build a lido and park for the community to disport itself in. Unfortunately various posh vested interests weigh in, one side eventually persuading him to run as a councillor, the other side running a smear campaign. The family members little stories all dovetail nicely in what is a surprisingly complicated plot for this kind of film, but needless to write, Good wins out in the end! This role was just meat to Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison uttered some splendid malapropisms, Pet Clark sung a nice old song, Hubert Gregg played a sex-starved married man, and it's refreshing to see Diana Dors pre-sex bomb. Dad's seriously endearing comment to Ma "I can't abide pretty or clever women an' you're neither" to her delight still resonates all these years later.

Well worth watching to those of us who enjoy watching cheaply made British post-War b&w musical comedy semi soap operas.


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