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Our Man in Havana (1959)

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

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Cast

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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
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'C'
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Milly Wormold
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Cifuentes (as Gregoire Aslan)
Paul Rogers ...
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Prof. Sanchez
Maurice Denham ...
Admiral
Joseph P. Mawra ...
Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
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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 the scene where Alec Guinness' daughter first shows him the horse, she puts the saddle on the horse backwards. See more »

Goofs

During the checkers/drinking game, when Capt. Segura removes his gun belt and hangs it on the back of his peacock chair, the holster's retaining strap is fastened over the pistol's hammer. In later shots, it moves to under the grip safety, and then when Wormold removes the Colt from its holster, the strap is already unfastened completely. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hasselbacher: A man can smile and be a villain.
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Connections

Featured in Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013) 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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