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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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)
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Raymond Huntley ...
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Prof. Sanchez
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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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Graham Greene has said of his "Our Man in Havana" novel: "Alas, the book did me little good with the new rulers in Havana. In poking fun at the British Secret Service, I had minimized the terror of [Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista's] rule. I had not wanted too black a background for a light-hearted comedy, but those who suffered during the years of dictatorship could hardly be expected to appreciate that my real subject was the absurdity of the British agent and not the justice of a revolution." See more »

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

Quotes

Milly Wormold: Are you married?
Beatrice Severn: In a way.
Milly Wormold: Did you leave him?
Beatrice Severn: I'm not sure. He used to go to UNESCO conferences on culture. One day he just didn't come back.
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Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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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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Excellent throughout
31 December 2000 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This superb noir comedy has wonderful depth and balance -- based on a fine novel, well-scripted, spectacularly well-lit and photographed, and vwey well performed, particularly by Alec Guiness and Ernie Kovacs, who was virtually as good an actor as he was a comedian. Havana itself is another major contributor to this masterpiece, shot at perhaps the peak period of its physical condition.


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