Week-End in Havana (1941)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, 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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Complete credited cast:
Nan Spencer
Rosita Rivas
Jay Williams
Monte Blanca
Cobina Wright ...
Terry McCracken (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
George Barbier ...
Walter McCracken
Leonid Kinskey ...
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Marks
William B. Davidson ...
Captain Moss (as William Davidson)
Maurice Cass ...
Leona Roberts ...
Harry Hayden ...


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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Release Date:

17 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A La Habana me voy  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Jay Williams: You Cubans are supposed to be experts at romance.
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Featured in Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995) See more »


Music by Ernesto Lecuona
Played in the background during a dialogue scene between John Payne and Alice Faye
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Thoroughly enjoyable escapist pre-World War II fare
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this musical. Carmen Miranda and Ceasr Romero are especially charming and at the top of their game. The songs and dancing routines are first class, a little "Hermes Pan" influence. I am also a fan of John Payne. His understated and often over looked skills as an actor are on display as be brings a light touch to this enjoyable romp. I thought Alice Faye was wonderful but would like to have seen her do a couple of more musical numbers like she has done in her other projects. No one can introduce a song during the era of the 30s and 40s like Alice. The colors are big, bright and beautiful and makes for a wonderful watch. I may be old fashioned but this is a film i could watch with the grand children and laugh out loud with them.

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