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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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FAST...FUNNY...FRISKY! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

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)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second unit director James Curtis Havens was on location in Cuba with his crew for about one month, filming longshots with doubles and atmospheric shots. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

A Week-End in Havana
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Carmen Miranda in the opening number with chorus and band
Reprised by an offscreen chorus during the montage in Havana
Played as background music often
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Go just for the Technicolor
31 December 2011 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

I know this is going to offend a lot of fans, but "Weekend in Havana" does not come anywhere near "Down Argentine Way" or "That Night in Rio" both of which were made around the same time. Certainly, Carmen Miranda (the main attraction of the movie) has more to do in this, bus the talent of Alice Faye is wasted, and I felt it needed someone like Charlotte Greenwood to really lift the tempo and interest. No need to recap the story as it is one that has been done before many times, but I do give full marks for the Technicolor which was absolutely brilliant (in more ways than one!). John Payne and Caesar Romero were adequate, and it was good fortune to have some of the standard actors in Leonid Kinsky, Billy Gilbert and Sheldon Leonard to help move it along.


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