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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This film's opening prologue states: "This film is set in Cuba before the recent revolution." See more »


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 »


Capt. Segura: Some people expect to be tortured, others are outraged by it.
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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »


(traditional Cuban melody)
Composed by Jose White Lafitte (1853)
used as love theme in the opening credits
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My idea of paradise
22 February 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

My idea of paradise would be sitting down with a DVD boxed set of Alec Guinness comedies from the 1950's. What will it be tonight? The Man in the White Suit, or The Ladykillers (both by Mackendrick)? Or Kind Hearts and Coronets, where he played eight parts to perfection? No, tonight will be Our Man in Havana, the blackest of black comedies, directed by Carol Reed from Graham Greene's novel. The tone of confusion and mounting panic, the sense of things sliding hopelessly out of control is perfectly caught by Reed, who had already given us the classic The Third Man.

The casting is very good. Noel Coward, Gregoire Aslan, Ferdy Mayne and especially Burl Ives as Hasselbacher, the most reluctant of spies are all impressive. Maureen O'Hara is a Rolls Royce when a Morris would have done for this story, but she plays well. I liked Ernie Kovacs as Segura, the brutal police chief; he had a nice vulgarity blended with sensitivity that worked for me.

Now my pleasure would be complete if this picture were available on DVD, and if IMDb would give us the memorable quotes this film abounds in. Like Segura: "one never tortures except by a kind of mutual agreement", or Beatrice's description of her estranged husband: "He was very beautiful; he had a face like a young fledgling looking out of the nest in one of those nature films..."

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