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The Big Boodle (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 June 1957 (Finland)
In pre-Castro Cuba, Ned Sherwood is caught between police and counterfeiters.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel Mastegui (as Pedro Armendariz)
Anita Ferrer
Francisco Canero ...
Police Doctor (as Dr. Francisco Canero)
Louis Oquendo ...
Detective (as Luis Oquendo)
Charles Todd ...
Enrique Cruz Álvarez ...
Police Lieutenant (as Enrique Cruz Alvarez)
Rogelio Hernández ...
Miguel Salcito (as Rogelio Hernandez)
Carlos Mas ...
Miguel Collada
Guillermo Álvarez Guedes ...
Casino Manager (as Guillermo Alvarez G.)
Aurora Pita ...
Linen Shop Girl
Velia Martinez ...
Salcito's Secretary
Sandro Giglio ...
Armando Ferrer


Ned Sherwood, dealer in a Havana casino (pre-Castro), gets 500 counterfeit pesos from an anonymous, attractive blonde. Then he's beaten and wounded by two thugs trying to retrieve the bills. Then the police suspect him of being the counterfeiter. Then the real counterfeiter suspects him of having the missing plates. And someone is trying to kill Ned, who has little choice but to pursue the case himself, through a Cuban underworld where no one is what they seem. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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FLYNN'S RED-HOT IN HELL-HOT HAVANA! (original ad-all caps) See more »


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14 June 1957 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Jagd durch Havanna  »

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This film was directed by Richard Wilson who first met Flynn when he and Orson Welles hired Flynn's yacht for The Lady from Shanghai. See more »


'Fina' Ferrer: [raising her glass] Will I be able to finish this one? We left the other four places so suddenly.
Ned Sherwood: When I go, I go. The story of my life.
'Fina' Ferrer: I think I would be afraid to hear the story of your life.
Ned Sherwood: You're dead right!
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Written by Evaristo Tafoya (instrumental)
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Great Errol Flynn Classic
3 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

It was great seeing Errol Flynn play the role as Ned Sherwood who gets himself involved in a counterfeit ring of gangsters in Havana, Cuba during the Pre-Castro Cuba days. This film is entirely filmed in Cuba and there is plenty of running around the famous Morro Castle and the Cuban Lighhouse. Rosanna Rory, (Fina Ferrer) plays a very sexy blonde gal who is fully stacked and simply loves Ned Sherwood. Gangster's beat up Ned quite often and he is hounded by the Cuban police and also has the attention from another gal who is Rory's sister. Rory's father is a banker in Cuba and is getting upset with all the counterfeiting going on, so his two daughter's manage to get the printing plates hidden in different locations and the gangster's are hot after Ned and Rory. This is a great black and white film and does cover up the features of Errol Flynn's face from all the booze and hard living he had done in his past. Entertaining film.

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