Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

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Sadie Appleby
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Deacon R. Jones
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Herman Brody
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Bob Jones
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Mr. Duffy, the Lawyer
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Mr. Otis, Invincible Insurance
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G.W. 'Butch' O'Neill
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Mr. Timberg (as Charles Wilson)
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Mae and Sadie, impecunious chorus girls, chisel some money from an admirer and head for Havana to "dig gold" among the millionaires. Posing as rich widows, they prepare to fleece wealthy Deacon Jones, but his penniless son Bob catches Mae's eye. The whole enterprise is endangered when Herman, their original cash source, shows up... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The $1,500 loan Herman gets from his boss so the girls can go to Havana is the equivalent of $27,600 in 2016. See more »

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When the girls arrive in Havana, Glenda's scarf/collar keeps changing the way it is draped, buttoned over the left, and buttoned over the right, back and forth, several times. See more »

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Herman Brody: Mrs. Ryan, do you by any chance know Mae's address in Kansas?
Mrs. Ryan, the Landlady: Kansas? Sure, she never went to Kansas.
Herman Brody: She didn't? Where did she go?
Mrs. Ryan, the Landlady: Her and Sadie went to Havana.
Herman Brody: Havana? What state's that in?
Mrs. Ryan, the Landlady: No state. It's an island. A hunk of land sitting in the middle of the ocean.
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Pretty Lady
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Music by Harry Warren
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Pre-code misfire
28 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's tempting to imagine this is a taste of the long-lost film CONVENTION CITY, made in the same year, from the same studio, with a similar themes, and some of the same cast (and, if you know Warner Bros, probably some of the same costumes, sets, and extras too).

I'm hoping this is not the case. HAVANA WIDOWS is a snooze, missing the grit and edge of the other Warner Bros films from their amazing 1931-33 output. This studio didn't always fare well with straight comedies--they usually struck gold with the dramas and musicals (and 2 horror movies), where the comedy played supporting role. I find similar problems with BLESSED EVENT: the comedy just has nothing to play against.

Joan Blondell (fresh off of FOOTLIGHT PARADE) and Glenda Farrell con their friend for ticket fare to Havana, in hopes of landing some rich sap. That's a good start, but even these two formidable talents cant put over the unfunny script, which wants to be saucy and naughty but cant seem to figure out how. In fact, there is only a little pre-Code pleasure to be found here, and by the end we descend into a pretty desperate slapstick finale.

This film is rarely shown (it was released on MGM/UA's laserdisc FORBIDDEN Hollywood VOLUME 2, but not on VHS), but there are occasionally copies to be found on ebay.


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