Our Man in Havana (1959)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Jim Wormold
Dr. Hasselbacher
Beatrice Severn
Capt. Segura
Jo Morrow ...
Milly Wormold
Grégoire Aslan ...
Cifuentes (as Gregoire Aslan)
Paul Rogers ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Prof. Sanchez
Maurice Denham ...
Joseph P. Mawra ...
Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
Duncan Macrae ...
Gerik Schjelderup ...


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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Release Date:

19 February 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Nuestro hombre en La Habana  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cinematographer Oswald Morris deliberately lowered the light levels in the Havana locations to make them more atmospheric. See more »


Millie puts the saddle on the horse backwards. Also, the saddle has no stirrups or girth. The saddle had stirrups on it in the previous scene. See more »


'C': In our service it is essential to bury the past very quickly and very securely.
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #46.5 (2013) See more »


(traditional Cuban melody)
Composed by Jose White Lafitte (1853)
used as love theme in the opening credits
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Classic Guiness!
6 October 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite scenes is when Alec Guiness must get the chief of police (Ernie Kovacs) so drunk that he passes out. He arranges a game of checkers played with miniature bottles of scotch. You know,the kind served on airlines. Each time one is taken, it must be opened and drunk immediately. This leads to hilarious results. Guiness is excellent in the beginning for his famous "fusby" look. Meek, almost sheepish. Only when Kovacs is finally "knees up", can Alec Guiness complete his plan. (Watch the movie to see what this is!). This movie used to be a staple of late night television, before cable and the advent of talk shows, when movies reigned supreme. Of course, it was usually horribly butchered.

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