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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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Release Date:
19 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »
A murderously funny story, magnificently cast....marvelously made !
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 »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Excellent throughout See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Jim Wormold

Burl Ives ... Dr. Hasselbacher

Maureen O'Hara ... Beatrice Severn

Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Segura

Noël Coward ... Hawthorne

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)
Crew verified as complete

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103 min | USA:111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | West Germany:12 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Englishman Jim Wormold is raising his daughter, Milly, as a Catholic on the wishes of his estranged wife, although he is not Catholic. Alec Guinness and the book's author, Graham Greene, were Englishmen who converted to Catholicism. Guinness and his wife converted in 1956.See more »
Errors in geography: At the end of the film,the aerial footage of the Tower of London has been flipped, resulting in Tower Bridge being on the West of the Tower of London and all traffic driving on the right.See more »
'C':In our service it is essential to bury the past very quickly and very securely.See more »
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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Excellent throughout, 31 December 2000
Author: ebbets-field from Seattle

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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