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Holiday Camp (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 15 September 1947 (UK)
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:

Ken Annakin (as Kenneth Annakin)

Writers:

Godfrey Winn (based on an original story), Muriel Box (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Flora Robson ... Esther Harman
Dennis Price ... Sq. Ldr. Hardwick
Jack Warner ... Joe Huggett
Hazel Court ... Joan Huggett
Emrys Jones ... Michael Halliday
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Huggett
Jimmy Hanley ... Jimmy Gardner
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Angela Kirby
Esmond Knight ... Camp Announcer
Esma Cannon ... Elsie Dawson
John Blythe ... Steve
Dennis Harkin Dennis Harkin ... Charlie
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Valerie's Aunt
Jeannette Tregarthen Jeannette Tregarthen ... Valerie Thompson
Peter Hammond ... Harry Huggett
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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 Scotland 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido em Férias See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP150,400 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

Whilst being set in the summer, it was actually filmed in the winter in the early part of 1947. See more »

Goofs

When the first card sharp deals each of them a card face up to see who deals, he then returns the cards to the top of the deck and deals directly without shuffling. 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.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits of the film appear in the turning pages of a book. See more »

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Referenced in It's Not Cricket (1949) See more »

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Post war cross Britania
18 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee 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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