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The Huggetts Collection - Holiday Camp/Here Come The Huggetts/Vote For Huggett/The Huggetts Abroad [DVD]

Jack Warner , Kathleen Harrison , Ken Annakin    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Hazel Court, Petula Clark
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 351 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV836K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

During the immediate post-war years, the Huggetts were undoubtedly Britain's favourite film family. Unashamedly working-class the family epitomised the spirit of a united nation relishing simple pleasures with a cheery, down-to-earth smile. In 'Holiday Camp' (1947), the Huggett family's off on a spot of hols, led by dad Joe (Jack Warner). They arrive at one of Britain's largest holiday camps and soon find their lives intertwined with those of fellow holidaymakers Jimmy Gardner (Jimmy Hanley), a 21-year-old sailor jilted at the altar, spinster Esther Harman (Flora Robson) and flashy 'Binkie' Hardwicke (Dennis Price). In 'Here Come the Huggetts' (1948), the Huggett family returns in a home grown adventure as the family is about to have the telephone installed. In 'The Huggetts Abroad' (1949), the Huggett family is down on its luck, as father Joe is unemployed. Son-in-law Jimmy has a job waiting for him in South Africa, but no transport, so the whole clan sets off for the far the car. Along the way they have to cope with a breakdown, a broken compass in the Sahara, diamond smugglers and a spell in prison. In 'Vote for Huggett' (1948), Joe decides to enter the world of politics, causing uproar in his own household and the local community.


The Huggetts Collection contains four comedy films (on four separate discs), which each feature the hilarious antics of the English working-class family, the Huggetts. Titles in the box set include: "Holiday Camp"; "Here Come the Huggetts"; "Vote for Huggett"; and "The Huggets Abroad".

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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a taste of Britain's finest hours 7 Aug 2007
By Russ
With many of the Ealing classics already released I've been waiting in anticipation for Gainsborough's Huggetts films to get the DVD treatment - and a fine job has been made of them too; many thanks to the team responsible. Nicely packaged 4 DVD's offset-stacked in a gatefold inside a slip case with a very informative 12 page booklet written by British comedy scholar Robert Ross. It's easy to take for granted just how good these films are; the direction and editing are transparent, the camera's always in the right place and the quick-fire dialogue is so expertly delivered you feel no sense of rehearsal at all; the timing is always spot on and you become aware you're watching players who have learned their craft and are showing you a tradition that has it's roots in music hall where genuine talent flourished.
As a 60's child these films portray a time unknown to me but a comfortable familiarity stems from my fond memories of watching old British films with my dad and that is the link for people of my generation to a Britain that has sadly gone. If a comment is made that these films are dated I would suggest that this is the appeal and is what makes these documents of another time so special.
Even with just a casual interest in old British films you won't be disappointed with this purchase.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Alfuso
I bought this collection because I have been charmed by Peter Hammond for 50 years. Lost him somewhere along the way but rediscovered him when I bought the DVD set of "The Buccaneers."

So I got to work on collecting anything I could that he'd done - with a special eye to his Directing (which is very visual with great care for light and color). But I stumbled over The Huggetts and these 4 films are as charming as it can get without being treacle.

Although I am an American, I can identify with many aspects of these films. I was born in 1947 and raised in a working-class neighborhood in a family that counted weekly Grange meetings, clog dancing and Fiddling among their High Spots.

I vividly remember my girlfriend's family getting their first phone. I can also remember, vaguely, something disturbingly like a Holiday Camp. I have actually done or have seen many of the things that transpire in these films.

Tightly filmed, they flow well, tempered with a "common" humor and traditional values that anyone can relate to.

Peter Hammond is charming on the eyes, putting me in mind of a young Jimmy Stewart in looks and style. And he comes with a good sense of comic timing, never going over the top. His exchanges with the Petula Clark character are endearing - he always seems willing to go along with her dream.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up the Huggetts 1 Oct 2010
Having seen these individually throughout the years, it was nice to be able to see them all at one time. I had not realised that "Holiday Camp" was one of the series. Younger viewers might not like them, but it was refreshing to see good, clean fun - no sex, no gore, no graphic violence - (as the British were famous for before they began aping the Americans).
I'd advise younger viewers to accept the films as they are and not judge then by modern standards.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Huggett house Located In Mill Hill 24 Jan 2012
By Wingate
I thought that people might be interested in knowing that the street in which the Huggett house was located has been established as Oakhampton Avenue in Mill Hill North West London.Also where i recall Pet Clark steps off a bus outside Boots,that is in Temple Fortune North West london.The bus stop and Boots are still there.The first 3 films are very entertaining and an interesting slice of social history.the fourth and last film,The Huggetts Abroad,is clearly the weakest and little surprise the series ended.however the Huggetts continued on for a further 10 years on the radio.Always to be heard at 2pm on the BBC Light programme after the Billy Cotton Band Show.The prints of the 4 films are very good and this is ,on the whole ,a most entertaining set of films.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 Feb 2011
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This is a very enjoyable DVD indeed.The Huggetts became Britains first "soap" all those years ago, although these films were before that.Being an older person, its great to look back at life in the late 40's and early 50's. 11/10.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of the Huggetts 13 Feb 2011
I bought this collection because of the memory of my trip to Butlins Holiday Camp,Filey, where I stayed in 1948, when I lived in England. I was born in Hull, E. Yorkshire, but moved to Canada in 1968. I also saw the movie around the time it was released. It was fun seeing it again. Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison were very popular back then. I enjoyed the nostalgic mmemories of the Huggetts. It was well worth the cost. There are four movies in the collection.
I have bought more zone 2 movies now, as I have bought a multi-zone dvd player.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Huggetts 1 April 2011
We loved this! It was like going back in time and we really laughed when they all went to the holiday things have changed!! A good buy for those who like 'yesterday' films.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huggable Family 6 Jan 2011
For me a child of the 50's and 60's watching these movies again takes me back to a better time and place where everything seemed to go at a slower pace especially the holiday camp movie. Just seeing these stars again is a thrill for me as its rare to see them on tv for my generation its a chance to sit down with a cuppa and escape back to innocence and simple pleasures. At this price its a bargain...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection of the Huggets featuring the great Kathleen...
A fantastic collection of the Huggets featuring the great Kathleen Harrison and Petula Clarke sings a little known song only featured in a Hugget film "Walking Backwards"... Read more
Published 3 days ago by john mchugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant
Pleasant films showing better days
Published 11 days ago by Jinnyjanjane
3.0 out of 5 stars the poor old Huggett's seem very corney
An amusing, though very dated, piece of film nostalgia. Whereas Steptoe, Only Fools & Horses, etc. are still fresh, the poor old Huggett's seem very corney !!
Published 20 days ago by artdealer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great to see again
Published 24 days ago by GEOFFREY P WHITEHEAD
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty
I returned this product as it did not work and asked for a tested replacement. Instead I was credited - so was left most disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Pondering
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish List Request for a friend
My friend was very pleased with this film thanks. It goes back to an era where her mother was actually in the film itself! So full of fond memories!
Published 3 months ago by fran
5.0 out of 5 stars the huggettts
fantastic and lots of laughs well worth a trip down memory lane , good clean fun , no violence etc
Published 4 months ago by LINDA DOHERTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Huggets
Great Great .. brings back happy memories of my childhood, i love these old movies, amazon have a huge selection, great speedy delivery ..
Published 5 months ago by leo waller
3.0 out of 5 stars A chronicle of how family life used to be
Bought this for my wife! She rembers the huggets from being on the tv in her youth. She was delighted with it .
Published 5 months ago by ian carlile
5.0 out of 5 stars Huggetts
Four films of the Huggetts family from the late fifties, I found them to be enjoyable,they are dated but I found it interesting to see how one lived in those times.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mr v g door
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