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Director:
Writers:
Peter Viertel (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 April 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Huston's 1933 Cuban Revolution See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Jennifer Jones ... China Valdés

John Garfield ... Anthony L. 'Tony' Fenner

Pedro Armendáriz ... Armando Ariete (as Pedro Armendariz)

Gilbert Roland ... Guillermo Montilla

Ramon Novarro ... Chief
Wally Cassell ... Miguel
David Bond ... Ramón Sánchez
José Pérez ... Toto (as Jose Perez)
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Seymour, Bank Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... (uncredited)

Mimi Aguglia ... Mama (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Cart Driver (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Mother (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Celebrant (uncredited)
Freddie Chapman ... Altar Boy (uncredited)
Gertrude Chorre ... (uncredited)
Jack Clisby ... Guard (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Contreras's Sister (uncredited)
Fred Godoy ... Vicente Contreras (uncredited)
Lelia Goldoni ... Consuelo Valdés (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... (uncredited)
Charles Granucci ... (uncredited)
Roberta Haynes ... Lolita Valdés (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Enrico (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... (uncredited)

John Huston ... Señor Muñoz (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Priest (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Santiago Martínez ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alex McSweyn ... Sanitation Man (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... (uncredited)
Paulo Monte ... Roberto (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... First Senator (uncredited)
Alfonso Pedroza ... Sanitation Man (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... (uncredited)
Tito Renaldo ... Manolo Valdés (uncredited)
Joel Rene ... Student (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... (uncredited)
Joe Sawaya ... (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Bombmaker (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Rubio (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Spy (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Watchman (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Contreras' Chauffeur (uncredited)
Billy Wilson ... (uncredited)
Thomas Quon Woo ... Celebrant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Peter Viertel (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Robert Sylvester (novel "Rough Sketch")

Produced by
Jules Buck .... associate producer
Sam Spiegel .... producer (as S.P. Eagle)
 
Original Music by
George Antheil 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Hiecke .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound engineer (as Lambert Day)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special scenes
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Becker .... grip (uncredited)
William Coppersmith .... camera operator (uncredited)
Max Nippell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walling .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... costumes: Miss Jones
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gladys Hill .... dialogue director
David O. Selznick .... Jennifer Jones by arrangement with
Rose Loewinger .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
One of the writers, Peter Viertel, wrote a chapter in his book Dangerous Friends about how he and John Huston wrote the screenplay for We Were Strangers, including two weeks in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway. According to Viertel, Hemingway suggested ending the film as it occurred in reality: with the death of the revolutionaries. Instead, an alternative ending was supplied by Ben Hecht.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Heavy Traffic (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Huston's 1933 Cuban Revolution, 26 March 2003
Author: Howard Morley (luke@morleys.demon.co.uk) from London, England

John Huston directed this 1948 thriller about a group of revolutionaries trying to overthrow the brutal right wing Cuban Regime in 1933 when it was a crime, promulgated by their "parliament", for more than four people to gather in public or criticise its government.

John Garfield (Tony Fenner), stars as the ex-Cuban who comes back from the U.S. to set up the revolution.He meets and is assisted by Jennifer Jones (China Valdez) who gives him active support after her 19 year old student younger brother is gunned down on the steps of his university by the evil secret policeman (Pedro Armendariaz).Tony devises a plot to assassinate the head politico hoping his family and the heads of government and their family attend his funeral at a cemetary near where China and her family live.They decide to dig a tunnel from her house and place explosive under the grave to get the hated government in one fell swoop.At least that's the plan (no spoiler here).

Yet again Jennifer Jones is in a completely new role speaking with a convincing Cuban accent.She works in a bank but cannot escape the attention of the secret police who keep hounding and threatening her for information on Tony Fenner whom she has now grown to love.Assisting them both are a group of committed partisans including Gilbert Roland who plays a simple dock worker (his brother was killed by the government).He steals this picture by his acting and by singing topical calypsos about their revolutionary activities;(I find myself singing these verses or even making up new ones!).Another member "goes off the rails" and nearly gives the game away.

I suppose if you know Cuban modern history you can guess the outcome as Huston has to stick to the facts.The final showdown with Thompson sub-machine guns is almost surreal.This title is hard to find and is not available from main stream video dealers.Occasionally it comes up for auction on "e-Bay".If like me you love quality 1940's films you will enjoy this actioneer.

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