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Week-End in Havana (1941)

Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (original screenplay), Darrell Ware (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Faye ... Nan Spencer
Carmen Miranda ... Rosita Rivas
John Payne ... Jay Williams
Cesar Romero ... Monte Blanca
Cobina Wright ... Terry McCracken (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
George Barbier ... Walter McCracken
Sheldon Leonard ... Boris
Leonid Kinskey ... Rafael
Chris-Pin Martin ... Driver
Billy Gilbert ... Arbolado
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Mr. Marks
William B. Davidson ... Captain Moss (as William Davidson)
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Tailor
Leona Roberts ... Passenger
Harry Hayden ... Passenger
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Storyline

A ship company employee, Jay Williams, is sent to Florida where one of the company cruise ships is stuck on a reef off of the coast. He obtains waivers from all of the passengers with the exception of Nan Spencer, a department store salesgirl who wants her vacation NOW, not later. Jay is instructed to take Nan to Havana and set her up in the best hotel and keep her entertained. She visits a night club where the star attraction is Rosita Rivas, and meets Rosita's worthless manager, Monte Blanca, who makes a play for her. Trouble also comes in the form of Jay's fiancée, Terry McCracken, when a romance develops between Nan and Jay. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

The Gayest...Fastest...FOUR STAR MUSICAL OF 1941! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A La Habana me voy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable was originally scheduled to star but was replaced by Alice Faye. See more »

Quotes

Jay Williams: You Cubans are supposed to be experts at romance.
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Soundtracks

Tropical Magic
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Spanish lyrics by Ernesto Piedra
Sung in Spanish by an unidentified trio in a nightclub
Reprised by Alice Faye
Reprised by Alice Faye and John Payne on a hay wagon
Reprised a cappella by Leonid Kinskey
Played as background music often
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Was Havana really like this?...routine Fox musical, weak script...
23 May 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Fox makes ample use of their stock company players--ALICE FAYE, JOHN PAYNE, CARMEN MIRANDA, CESAR ROMERO, as well as a bevy of dependable supporting actors to make sure that their technicolor investment in WEEKEND IN HAVANA pays off. Unfortunately, it's a routine assignment for all concerned. The script is light, even for a Fox musical.

Faye had better musicals at the studio and is saddled with playing a rather pushy department store clerk who expects to get the royal treatment in Havana after her cruise is interrupted by a shipwreck. Naturally, a handsome corporate man (Payne) is assigned to take care of her "vacation" in Havana, and therein lies the nub of the plot. Everything that follows is quite predictable, including misunderstood romantic complications, but the end result is nevertheless entertaining.

Both Alice and Carmen Miranda have opportunities to demonstrate their prowess with a song and John Payne makes an attractive partner for Faye. Cesar Romero plays a Latin charmer with his usual confident air. It's all very pretty in Fox's typically garish technicolor but fails to stay in the memory as some of Faye's other films do since there's nothing especially memorable about either the plot or the music.


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