|Here Come the Huggetts|
|Directed by||Ken Annakin|
|Produced by||Betty E. Box|
|Written by||Muriel Box|
|Music by||Antony Hopkins|
|Cinematography||Reginald H. Wyer|
|Edited by||Gordon Hales|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors|
|24 November 1948|
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.
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.
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".
- Jack Warner as Joe Huggett
- Kathleen Harrison as Ethel Huggett
- Jane Hylton as Jane Huggett
- Susan Shaw as Susan Huggett
- Petula Clark as Pet Huggett
- Jimmy Hanley as Jimmy Gardner
- David Tomlinson as Harold Hinchley
- Diana Dors as Diana Hopkins
- Peter Hammond as Peter Hawtrey
- John Blythe as Gowan
- Amy Veness as Grandma Huggett
- Clive Morton as Mr. Campbell
- Maurice Denham as 1st Engineer
- Doris Hare as Mrs. Fisher
- Esma Cannon as Youth Leader
- Alison Leggatt as Miss Perks
- Dandy Nichols as Aunt Edie
- Hal Osmond as 2nd Engineer
- Peter Scott as Office Boy
- Keith Shepherd as Vicar
- Edmundo Ros as Himself (as Edmundo Ros and His Rhumba Band)
Filming took place in June 1948. The working title was Wedding Bells.
Film reviewer Stephen Vagg described the film as a breakthrough role for Diana Dors, who played Ma Huggett's niece.
- Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 210
- HERE COME THE HUGGETTS Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 16, Iss. 181, (Jan 1, 1949): 2.
- Pix, Associated Newspapers Limited, 1938, retrieved 21 April 2019
- Sonia Dresdel opens the large Tory Rally Date: Friday, June 18, 1948 Publication: Essex Newsman (Chelmsford, England) Issue: 4325 page 2
- Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.