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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:
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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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18 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Viúvas de Havana  »

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Goofs

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

Showgirl Rejected by Gladys: If you're waiting for Gladys to stake you to a trip to Havana, save your breath. She wouldn't give you a nickel to go out and see the Statue of Liberty do a nip-up.
Mae Knight: Well, I guess we better go home. I feel like a horse's neck.
Sadie Appleby: Yeah-I feel like the rest of the animal.
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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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Digging for gold with a treasure trove of thesps
30 April 2011 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

A cast of Warner's brightest farceurs work overtime in this frantic, sporadically funny gold-digger farce. In the first of several pairings, Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell play gum-chomping burlesque chorines looking to strike it rich in Havana. Though pains are made to show Blondell as a tootsie of morals (early on, she refuses her boss's request to dance at a stag party), she apparently has no qualms about trapping vacationing millionaires into breach of promise settlements.

True to form, Blondell has a last minute change of heart when she falls for the son (Lyle Talbot) of her intended mark. Luckily for the viewer the sucker happens to be Guy Kibbee, whose rooftop escape from a Cuban Turkish bath is a low comedy hoot.

Hyperthyroid Allen Jenkins provides amusing support as (what else?) a gangster's lamebrained flunky, and the wonderful Ruth Donnelly appears all too briefly as Kibbee's carnivorous wife. Only Frank McHugh is a repetitious drag; he plays a constantly inebriated lawyer in the obvious speech-slurring style common to the thirsty days of Prohibition. You have to wonder whether such witless drunk acts contributed to the repeal.


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