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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 »

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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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"The Man with the Lollipop Song" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon, sung in Spanish by Natcho Galindo, followed by Alice Faye's version in English, was cut from the film. Briefly heard is John Payne singing the tune. See more »

Quotes

Jay Williams: You Cubans are supposed to be experts at romance.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue (1982) See more »

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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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Romance and Rhumba
18 October 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

Alice Faye, John Payne, Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero all fair better in this lively and funny musical romp, directed by Walter Lang and enlivened by Fox's shimmering Technicolor, gorgeous costumes, and some nice rollicking musical numbers.

Although "Week-End in Havana" is not as totally rapturous and frivolous as "Down Argentine Way" & "That Night in Rio", I was thoroughly entertained. The plot is kind of unremarkable but it offers subtantial showcase for its stars. Faye is the showgirl and tourist named Nan who gets a taste of Havana after her ship wrecks off the coast of Florida. Payne is Jay, the ship company representative who guides Nan in Havana and persuades the gambler Monte Blanca (Romero) to romance her in order to avoid legal battles. The gambler's girlfriend is the feisty Rosita Rivas (Miranda) who gets jealous of her man's coy romancing with the American tourist. Ultimately a romance blooms between Nan and Jay and the rest is history.

All of this romantic nonsense is enlivened by the some catchy, entertaining musical numbers and dances, including "Romance and Rhumba", "Tropical Magic", "The Man with the Lollypop", and "Week End in Havana".

Worth catching if you love this sort of fluff.


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