Here Come the Huggetts

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Here Come the Huggetts
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Betty E. Box
Written by Muriel Box
Sydney Box
Peter Rogers
Denis Constanduros
Mabel Constanduros
Starring Jack Warner
Kathleen Harrison
Jane Hylton
Susan Shaw
Petula Clark
Music by Antony Hopkins
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Gordon Hales
Release date
  • 1948 (1948)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £100,000[1]
Box office £127,000[1]

Here Come the Huggetts is a 1948 British film, the first of the Huggetts series, about a working class English family. All three films in the series were directed by Ken Annakin and released by Gainsborough Pictures.

Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison headed the cast as factory worker Joe Huggett and his wife Ethel (the couple had been introduced a year earlier in the film Holiday Camp), with Petula Clark, Jane Hylton and Susan Shaw as their young daughters (all with the same first names as the actresses portraying them) and Amy Veness as their opinionated grandmother.

Although the plot lines of this film and its sequels, Vote for Huggett and The Huggetts Abroad (both 1949), were slight – revolving around such trivialities as a flighty cousin (Diana Dors), the installation of a telephone, an incursion into municipal politics and an excursion to South Africa with a diamond smuggler as a fellow passenger – they were the type of light comedies that found favour with British audiences still recovering from the impact of the Second World War.

Clark, who began her career as a child vocalist on BBC Radio, sang the tune "Walking Backwards" in the film.



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