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Week-End in Havana (1941)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  17 October 1941 (USA)
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Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend.

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Nan Spencer
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Rosita Rivas
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Jay Williams
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Monte Blanca
Cobina Wright ...
Terry McCracken (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
George Barbier ...
Mr. Walter McCracken
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Boris
Leonid Kinskey ...
Rafael - Bellhop
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Wagon Driver
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Arbolado
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Marks
William B. Davidson ...
Capt. Moss (as William Davidson)
Maurice Cass ...
Tailor
Leona Roberts ...
Passenger signing Waiver
Harry Hayden ...
Passenger signing Waiver
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Storyline

A ship company employee, Jay Williams, is sent to Florida where one of the company cruise ships is stuck on a reef off of the coast. He obtains waivers from all of the passengers with the exception of Nan Spencer, a department store salesgirl who wants her vacation NOW, not later. Jay is instructed to take Nan to Havana and set her up in the best hotel and keep her entertained. She visits a night club where the star attraction is Rosita Rivas, and meets Rosita's worthless manager, Monte Blanca, who makes a play for her. Trouble also comes in the form of Jay's fiancée, Terry McCracken, when a romance develops between Nan and Jay. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Gayest...Fastest...FOUR STAR MUSICAL OF 1941! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Release Date:

17 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A La Habana me voy  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chris-Pin Martin was billed ninth despite the fact that his role consisted of a thirty second wordless bit. The billing may be explained by Hollywood's new reliance on the Latin-American market with the outbreak of WWII. See more »

Quotes

Jay Williams: You Cubans are supposed to be experts at romance.
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Soundtracks

Romance and Rhumba
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Alice Faye and Cesar Romero while dancing, the other dancers
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fun Fox Technicolor musical
4 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alice Faye knows more than she should about a cruise ship accident and gets herself a big vacation courtesy of the ship line in "Weekend in Havana," costarring John Payne, Carmen Miranda, and Cesar Romero. Alice plays a demanding young woman who insists on recompense for a long-planned vacation when handsome John Payne tries to convince her to sign a waiver. Payne escorts her to Havana where, anxious to get home for his wedding, he proves a dull escort. Faye soon hooks up with Romero, who thinks she's wealthy. He's on the lam from a casino proprietor to whom he owes money. Carmen Miranda, his girlfriend, is the jealous entertainer.

Everyone in the film is delightful. Having just seen Romero in "Captain from Castile," he is even more impressive in this light role. Miranda is always fun to watch. Faye is very pretty and sings well in her lush contralto. John Payne is easy on the eyes and makes an able leading man. Cobina Wright, as Payne's fiancée, is quite stunning.

I admit to liking Springtime in the Rockies and The Gang's All Here more, but "Weekend in Havana" makes for fun viewing.


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