Here Come the Huggetts

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

Here Come the Huggetts is a 1948 British comedy 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. [2]


Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison head the cast as factory worker Joe Huggett and his wife Ethel, 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. Diana Dors had an early role. [3]

Joe and Ethel had been introduced a year earlier in the film Holiday Camp and there would be two sequels, Vote for Huggett and The Huggetts Abroad (both 1949).


Factory worker Joe Huggett has a first-time telephone installed at home, for work purposes, but his daughters quickly find a lot more use for it. Diana, a flighty cousin of Ethel's (played by a 16-year-old Diana Dors), arrives for a not-very-welcome visit and causes problems at home and at Joe's workplace when Ethel persuades Joe to get her a job there. Eldest daughter Jane must choose between her fiancé who has been away in the forces and a new local admirer. Meanwhile, the family is planning to go to London to see the royal wedding, and Grandma Huggett joins them in camping out overnight near Buckingham Palace.

Clark, who began her career as a child vocalist on BBC Radio, sings the song "Walking Backwards".



Filming took place in June 1948. The working title was Wedding Bells. [4]

Film reviewer Stephen Vagg described the film as a breakthrough role for Diana Dors, who played Ma Huggett's niece. [5]

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  1. 1 2 Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 210
  2. HERE COME THE HUGGETTS Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 16, Iss. 181, (Jan 1, 1949): 2.
  3. Pix, Associated Newspapers Limited, 1938, retrieved 21 April 2019
  4. Sonia Dresdel opens the large Tory Rally Date: Friday, June 18, 1948 Publication: Essex Newsman (Chelmsford, England) Issue: 4325 page 2
  5. Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.