The Huggetts Abroad (1949)

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Life is not going well for the Huggetts. Father has lost his job. Jimmy and his wife cannot get to South Africa where he has a new job. So the family decide that they should go to South ... See full summary »


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27 May 2005 | Spondonman
| Refreshingly stereotypical
A charming, sentimental, simple tale of a charming, sentimental, simple British suburban family who would like to escape from the post WW2 austerity programme in operation. And Dad had lost his job too. To execute this escape they decide to drive over Africa to South Africa in a 2nd hand truck with a paying Canadian guest who has a rather dark secret in his oil powered refrigerator.

Jack Warner as Dad and Kathleen Harrison as Mum were perfectly cast Cockney stereotypes, the kids and Jimmy Hanley were excellent role models too. Everyone and everything, the story, production and acting is old fashioned and mind-numbingly ordinary - I've always loved this film! 83 minutes to switch off thinking and let it flow. If you do it's amazing just how believable the plot and people really are, even when Pet Clark bursts into song. Her second song was pleasant, yet it was rudely interrupted by a nasty piece of work complaining about the row.

This was the 4th and final Huggett film, but the family were revived by BBC radio from 1953 to 1962, at its peak getting more than 10 million weekly listeners. As the other films are never shown on UK TV nowadays I presume they've been banned by the Department of Political Correctness. I'm not surprised it didn't win any prizes at the time, but it's a nice little film.

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