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Our Man in Havana (1959)

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Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer ... See full summary »

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Jim Wormold
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Dr. Hasselbacher
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Beatrice Severn
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Capt. Segura
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Hawthorne (as Noël Coward)
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'C'
Jo Morrow ...
Milly Wormold
Grégoire Aslan ...
Cifuentes (as Gregoire Aslan)
Paul Rogers ...
Hubert Carter
Raymond Huntley ...
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Ferdy Mayne ...
Prof. Sanchez
Maurice Denham ...
Admiral
Joseph P. Mawra ...
Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
Duncan Macrae ...
MacDougal
Gerik Schjelderup ...
Svenson
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Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Hasselbacher suggests that the best secrets are known to no one, he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provides fictional tales for the benefit of his masters in London. He is soon seen as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere but it all begins to unravel when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his "network" and he learns that he is the target of a group out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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A murderously funny story, magnificently cast....marvelously made !


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19 February 1960 (West Germany)  »

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Nuestro hombre en La Habana  »

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Trivia

In 2007, Clive Francis adapted Graham Greene's novel of 'Our Man in Havana' into a play. See more »

Goofs

While Guiness is talking to the Doctor in his ransacked apartment, you can see the shadow of the boom mic moving overhead. See more »

Quotes

Jim Wormold: Do you remember the day when she set fire to Thomas Earl Parkman Jr. and they had to push him in the fountain to put him out?
Dr. Hasselbacher: She was only 13 then.
Jim Wormold: She grew up so quickly. Sometimes I wish she'd set fire to someone again.
Dr. Hasselbacher: She will.
Jim Wormold: And I don't mean in that way.
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Referenced in Mindshadows (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

LA BELLA CUBANA
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(traditional Cuban melody)
Composed by Jose White Lafitte (1853)
used as love theme in the opening credits
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A warm-hearted Cold War comedy of life
21 November 2000 | by (Belfast) – See all my reviews

This afternoon I chanced upon this terrific film on Channel 4.I had seen it years ago as a child,and couldn't understand why my father kept referring to the brilliant " Our Man in Havana" Now I know what he meant.Alec Guinness hit the perfect note in the part,as he invariably did.Havana is rendered almost tangible by director Carol Reed, a difficult feat to achieve.The rest of the cast shine too.Ernie Kovacs makes a human being out of his police-thug character.The script seems almost improvised,so fresh , pointed and witty.Compare this movie to the bulk of today's garbage,and prepare to feel very let-down by what you can see at your local Multiplex.This strange and sharp movie has re-affirmed my intention to spend some time in Havana.Buena Vista Social Club first whetted my curiosity.This movie is timeless and a great 2 hrs of entertainment/art.Enjoy! And look at Maureen O ' Hara, is she not quite splendid? !


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