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Havana Widows (1933)

 -  Comedy  -  18 November 1933 (USA)
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Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.



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Complete credited cast:
Mae Knight
Glenda Farrell ...
Sadie Appleby
Guy Kibbee ...
Deacon R. Jones
Herman Brody
Bob Jones
Frank McHugh ...
Mr. Duffy, the Lawyer
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. Emily Jones
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Mr. Otis, Invincible Insurance
Ralph Ince ...
G.W. 'Butch' O'Neill
Maude Eburne ...
Mrs. Ryan, the Landlady
George Cooper ...
Paymaster Mullins
Charles C. Wilson ...
Mr. Timberg (as Charles Wilson)


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 <>

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18 November 1933 (USA)  »

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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 »


Showgirl: Violet got a Marine's name tattooed on her arm last night.
Sadie Appleby: By this time that arm must read like a regimental roll call.
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening chorus line scene
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Very Disappointing
9 December 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

So who's right, Variety ("rapid fire laughs, all legitimately gained and inescapable") or Hirschhorn's Warner Brothers book ("a computerized comedy... formula film-making at its manufactured worst")? The opening shot of a burlesque marquee featuring "Iwanna Shakitoff, direct from Russia" might portend well, but shouldn't that be Ivanna? The scene where the burlesque manager tells Joan Blondell to do a stag show in Passaic, "and give 'em something to stare at" has a certain realism, but that's the last you see of anything that could go by that name. Even as the chorus girls swap wisecracks while they're dancing, one can tell there's a problem. The lines are flat and aren't delivered off-the-cuff, but more like a series of Laugh-In blackouts. Soon, the Warner regulars are walking through scenes that somehow arrive at the denouement by way of an obvious structure that reminds one of a matinée-western, and with clever or perceptive dialogue notably absent. It is from Warners, and before the Code, but there's not a moment that could be called "legitimately gained," nor is there an unexpected one. Very disappointing, especially considering the cast.

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