Holiday Camp (film)

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Holiday Camp
"Holiday Camp" (1947).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Sydney Box
Written by Peter Rogers
Starring Jack Warner
Kathleen Harrison
Dennis Price
Distributed by Gainsborough Pictures
Release dates
5 August 1947
Running time
97 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Holiday Camp is a 1947 British comedy drama film directed by Ken Annakin, starring Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Kathleen Harrison and Dennis Price.


It documents a post-war working-class London family's annual visit to a summer holiday camp. It was the first film to feature the Huggett family who would go on to star in the Huggetts Trilogy. It resonated with post-war audiences, and was very successful. The film is a kaleidoscope of various lives at play by the sea, in a Butlin's holiday camp. These include a pregnant young girl, a group of gamblers, and a murderer seeking his next victim.[1][2]


The opening shot of a train arriving at the cliff-top station was filmed at Sandsend, a mile from Whitby, North Yorkshire. Camp exteriors were shot at Butlins, Filey, on the East Coast a few miles from Sandsend. Although Butlins had its own rail station, the view at Sandsend was considered more spectacular.

Critical reception[edit]

Time Out wrote "Time has mellowed the documentary quality of the film, and location shooting and authentic detail now seem less important than the presence of the whole range of British acting talent, from Dame Flora Robson to Cheerful Charlie Chester, among the cast of thousands."[3]


and Patricia Roc, Cheerful Charlie Chester, and Gerry Wilmot as themselves and a young Diana Dors dances The Jitterbug.


  1. ^ Holiday Camp,
  2. ^ Holiday Camp, IMDb
  3. ^ RMy, Holiday Camp, Time Out London

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