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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 ...
General
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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All of the on-location street footage shot in Cuba was dubbed in post-production due to the high levels of noise from the crowds on-looking the filming. See more »

Goofs

The plane carrying Wormold to Jamaica is a Vickers Viscount, which has turboprop engines that make a high-pitched whining sound. The engine sound that we hear, however, is the grumbling sound characteristic of piston engines. See more »

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Capt. Segura: Some people expect to be tortured, others are outraged by it.
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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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Noel Coward and his Ensemble
16 July 2003 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

The novel was infinitely darker than the film. Satire is never casually light-hearted; it has a serious purpose. But this film is touched by the hand of slapstick artist Ernie Kovacs and, in an entirely different comedic way, Noel Coward. As many reviewers have noted, Alec Guinness seems at a loss in more ways than one to bring together all the different strands of entirely disparate story lines that are woven around him. The parts are indeed greater than the whole.

The one scene that I have carried with me, lo, these many years is the one where Sir Noel is having a confidential tête-à-tête with Sir Alec in a tropical garden surrounded by a rattan shell, and he suddenly shushes Sir Alec and cautiously moves to close the putative entry door. One of the best sight gags ever.

The sad thing about "Our Man in Havana" is that it came out the same year that Cuba traded in one tyrant for another. And there is nothing funny at all about either Fulgencia Bautista or Fidel Castro. I recommend the excellent film "Before Night Falls" for those persuaded that the latter was the lesser of two evils.

In short, one has to choose the comedic elements over the political ones in order to enjoy the film. And that means essentially anchoring it to the role of Noel Coward and everyone else who falls in his shadow.


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