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Havana Widows (1933)

Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Mae Knight
Glenda Farrell ... Sadie Appleby
Guy Kibbee ... Deacon R. Jones
Allen Jenkins ... Herman Brody
Lyle Talbot ... Bob Jones
Frank McHugh ... Duffy
Ruth Donnelly ... Emily Jones
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Otis
Ralph Ince ... G.W. 'Butch' O'Neill
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Ryan--Landlady
George Cooper ... Paymaster Mullins
Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Timberg (as Charles Wilson)
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Storyline

Mae and Sadie, impecunious chorus girls, chisel some money from an admirer and head for Havana to "dig gold" among the millionaires. Posing as rich widows, they prepare to fleece wealthy Deacon Jones, but his penniless son Bob catches Mae's eye. The whole enterprise is endangered when Herman, their original cash source, shows up... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viúvas de Havana See more »

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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Sadie tells Mae that the surest place to find Duffy is at "Sloppy Moe's" - that is undoubtedly a reference to the original Sloppy Joe's Bar in Old Havana, Cuba. Financially devastated by the 1959 revolution and finally closed by a fire in the 1960's, it has been restored and reopened in 2013. See more »

Goofs

When the girls arrive in Havana, Glenda's scarf/collar keeps changing the way it is draped, buttoned over the left, and buttoned over the right, back and forth, several times. See more »

Quotes

Herman Brody: [Calling on the phone] Hello, honey! This is Herman. How does that make you feel?
Mae Knight: [Sarcastically] Pink and panting. What's on your mind besides your hat?
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Pretty Lady
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening chorus line scene
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Very Disappointing
9 December 2004 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

So who's right, Variety ("rapid fire laughs, all legitimately gained and inescapable") or Hirschhorn's Warner Brothers book ("a computerized comedy... formula film-making at its manufactured worst")? The opening shot of a burlesque marquee featuring "Iwanna Shakitoff, direct from Russia" might portend well, but shouldn't that be Ivanna? The scene where the burlesque manager tells Joan Blondell to do a stag show in Passaic, "and give 'em something to stare at" has a certain realism, but that's the last you see of anything that could go by that name. Even as the chorus girls swap wisecracks while they're dancing, one can tell there's a problem. The lines are flat and aren't delivered off-the-cuff, but more like a series of Laugh-In blackouts. Soon, the Warner regulars are walking through scenes that somehow arrive at the denouement by way of an obvious structure that reminds one of a matinée-western, and with clever or perceptive dialogue notably absent. It is from Warners, and before the Code, but there's not a moment that could be called "legitimately gained," nor is there an unexpected one. Very disappointing, especially considering the cast.


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