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Our Man in Havana -- A vacuum cleaner salesman (Alec Guinness) is recruited by the British secret service to act as a spy in Havana. When Guinness sends off phony reports, "recruits" mysterious agents and "discovers" mysterious installations, the home office decides to send him some help in the form of an agent named Beatrice.

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Director:
Writer:
Graham Greene (novel)
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Release Date:
19 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A murderously funny story, magnificently cast....marvelously made !
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
My idea of paradise See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Jim Wormold

Burl Ives ... Dr. Hasselbacher

Maureen O'Hara ... Beatrice Severn

Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Segura

Noel Coward ... Hawthorne (as Noël Coward)

Ralph Richardson ... '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
Hugh Manning ... Officer
Karel Stepanek ... Dr. Braun
Maxine Audley ... Teresa
Elisabeth Welch ... Woman
Yvonne Buckingham ... Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Almirante ... Man at the Film Introduction (uncredited)
Timothy Bateson ... Rudy (uncredited)
René de la Cruz ... Man Beaten by Police (uncredited)
Reginald Holder ... Bartender (uncredited)
Madeleine Kasket ... Black-haired girl (uncredited)
Shan Lawrence ... Native Canadian Girl (uncredited)

John Le Mesurier ... Louis - Waiter (uncredited)
Anne Padwick ... Dark-haired woman (uncredited)

Rachel Roberts ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel and screenplay)

Produced by
Raymond Anzarut .... associate producer
Carol Reed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Deniz (uncredited)
Laurence Deniz (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
 
Art Direction by
John Box 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James H. Ware .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Syd Cain .... assistant art director
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Red Law .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe
Arthur Newman .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Frank Deniz .... music played by (as The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band)
Laurence Deniz .... music played by (as The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band)
 
Other crew
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Shipway)
 
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Runtime:
103 min | USA:111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | West Germany:12 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

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Trivia:
Alfred Hitchcock was interested in making a film based on Graham Greene's novel and competed for the rights. The writer wasn't keen on Hitchcock, however, after his days as a film critic, so he chose to work instead with Carol Reed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end when Wormold and Milly walk across the airport apron they pass in front of a Bristol Britannia, behind which is a Douglas DC-7. When Segura drives up and they turn round to speak to him, the Britania has disappeared, and they are now directly in front of the Douglas.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Segura:Some people expect to be tortured, others are outraged by it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
LA BELLA CUBANASee more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
My idea of paradise, 22 February 2005
Author: Bob Taylor (bob998@sympatico.ca) from Canada

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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