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Club Havana (1945)

Edgar G. Ulmer directed this film about a number of different characters unfolding love, hate, and death problems during an evening in a fashionable Latin nightclub.

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Cast

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Bill Porter
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Rosalind
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Johnny Norton (as Don Douglas)
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Isabelita (as Isabelita)
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Lucy
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Mrs. Cavendish
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Willy Kingston
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Hetty - Powder Room Attendant
Eric Sinclair ...
Jimmy Medford
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Rogers
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Joe Reed
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Charles, Headwaiter
Sonia Sorel ...
Myrtle - Switchboard Operator
Carlos Molina ...
Carlos Molina (as Carlos Molina and His Music of the Americas)
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Edgar G. Ulmer directed this film about a number of different characters unfolding love, hate, and death problems during an evening in a fashionable Latin nightclub.

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RHUMBAS! ROMANCE! RACKETS! A PRC Mystery With Music.

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Drama | Mystery

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23 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mysteriet i Havanna-klubben  »

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$188,602 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Besame Mucho holds the distinction of being the most recorded Latin-American song. See more »

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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Besame Mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez (as Consuela Velazquez)
Performed by Lita Baron (uncredited)
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Detour into not-so-grand a club.
14 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Whether by chance or providential design, Edgar G. Ulmer's definitive rumination on fate - otherwise known as Detour (1945) - has slowly etched itself into the minds of film lovers around the world as one as one of the quintessential b-movie noirs of its day.

Bolstered by similar musings and patched together at about the same time, Club Havana (1945) amounts to little more than a trifle. A story is concocted out of nowhere and, once over, dissipates back into nothing. But that's part of its charm. In draining a Grand Hotel (1932)-type scenario of a budget as well as a purpose, the film acquires a strong offhand flavour that legitimises the whole ordeal. Low-budget-friendly aggravations of sadness, solitude and regret hover over the set as individual stories coalesce into an abstract whole. Talking leads into music and back into talking. The top-billed Tom Neal is diluted into the narrative and what little there is of a plot through-line emerges elsewhere - and why not?

Ulmer knew how to breathe life into an obviously vacant affair and have a lot of fun in the process. Club Havana may not be Exhibit A (nor B, nor C...) of this refreshing trait, but it's certainly one to consider down the road.


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