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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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Mae Knight
Glenda Farrell ...
Sadie Appleby
Guy Kibbee ...
Deacon R. Jones
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Herman Brody
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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)
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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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Viúvas de Havana  »

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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 »

Quotes

Sadie Appleby: You're not so low you have to let em throw pennies at ya!
Mae Knight: Throw em? In Passaic, they use slinghots.
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Pretty Lady
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening chorus line scene
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Two gold diggers in search of gold in Havana
16 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two of the screen's best wisecracking blonds, Mae and Sadie (Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell), star as gold digging showgirls in "Havana Widows," a 1933 comedy also starring Lyle Talbot, Guy Kibbee, Allen Jenkins and Frank McHugh. After being visited by an old friend who made her fortune in Cuba, thanks to a compromising situation and a sharp attorney (McHugh), two showgirls borrow $1500 from a friend, Herman (Jenkins). In order to get the money, Herman buys into a complicated scheme involving an insurance policy and a check, which later blows up in his face. Meanwhile, the girls head for Havana. There, they meet a rich, married mark (Guy Kibbee) and his broke son (Talbot) - who of course falls for Mae. The sharp attorney turns out to be a roaring drunk 24/7, and soon, Herman appears, trying to get his money back and running from his creditor. It makes for good fun.

This is a very light comedy with the fastest dialogue ever spoken, coming out Blondell's and Farrell's mouths like a machine gun. I'm sure the amount of speaking in "Havana Widows" would equal two of today's scripts. The roles they play are common ones for them - streetwise, hard-working young women with dry wit and a desire for some of life's comforts. They're both very good, Blondell with her adorable Kewpie-doll face and curvy body, and Farrell with that unmistakable voice and delivery. They made a good team. Frank McHugh is very funny as the attorney - in thirty years, he never changed, and in his last film, Easy Come, Easy Go, he is instantly recognizable. Allen Jenkins as the harried friend gives good support.

All in all, an enjoyable film, nothing groundbreaking.


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