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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

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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 ...
Walter McCracken
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Boris
Leonid Kinskey ...
Rafael
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Driver
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Arbolado
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Marks
William B. Davidson ...
Captain Moss (as William Davidson)
Maurice Cass ...
Tailor
Leona Roberts ...
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Harry Hayden ...
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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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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

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 Saturday Night Live: Shelley Duvall/Joan Armatrading (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ñango (Nyango)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Carmen Miranda at the nightclub
Sung and danced to by the chorus
Danced to by Alice Faye and John Payne
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Pleasant Musical, but Nothing Special
16 February 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Splashy TCF musical with an imaginative plot, but also with an unfortunate lineup of undistinguished musical numbers. Payne's supposed to keep Faye happy on her Havanna vacation so she won't sue his cruise ship line. That might be okay if Payne didn't have an impatient fiancée, Wright Jr., waiting back home. Worse, Faye wants romance and thinks she's found it with handsome gold-digger Romero. But what happens when the greedy Romero doesn't pan out. Payne's got a big juggling act to do. And through it all, Miranda rhumbas her way, sporting a permanent smile and a half dozen top-heavy hats. The mystery is how she gets them to stay on.

Faye's her usual winning self, while Payne gets to go Tarzan-like shirtless. But together they do make a compelling couple, as a dozen of these TCF musicals show. Meanwhile, Romero and Wright get to model some impressive high fashion, as compensation, I guess. Fortunately, director Lang keeps the circus running smoothly, but don't let all that splashy Technicolor overwhelm you. Nothing special here, just a truckload of eye-catching Hollywood escapism.


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