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Club Havana (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 23 November 1945 (USA)
Edgar G. Ulmer directed this film about a number of different characters unfolding love, hate, and death problems during an evening in a fashionable Latin nightclub.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Raymond L. Schrock (screen play), Fred L. Jackson (original story by) (as Fred Jackson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ... Bill Porter
Margaret Lindsay ... Rosalind
Donald Douglas ... Johnny Norton (as Don Douglas)
Lita Baron ... Isabelita (as Isabelita)
Dorothy Morris ... Lucy
Renie Riano ... Mrs. Cavendish
Ernest Truex ... Willy Kingston
Gertrude Michael ... Hetty - Powder Room Attendant
Eric Sinclair Eric Sinclair ... Jimmy Medford
Paul Cavanagh ... Rogers
Marc Lawrence ... Joe Reed
Pedro de Cordoba ... Charles, Headwaiter
Sonia Sorel Sonia Sorel ... Myrtle - Switchboard Operator
Carlos Molina Carlos Molina ... Carlos Molina (as Carlos Molina and His Music of the Americas)
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Edgar G. Ulmer directed this film about a number of different characters unfolding love, hate, and death problems during an evening in a fashionable Latin nightclub.

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Taglines:

RHUMBAS! ROMANCE! RACKETS! A PRC Mystery With Music.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco bandidos y una mujer See more »

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Budget:

$188,602 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Besame Mucho holds the distinction of being the most recorded Latin-American song. See more »

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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Besame Mucho
Written by Consuelo Velázquez (as Consuela Velazquez)
Performed by Lita Baron (uncredited)
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Detour into not-so-grand a club.
14 September 2014 | by mystic-hawkSee all my reviews

Whether by chance or providential design, Edgar G. Ulmer's definitive rumination on fate - otherwise known as Detour (1945) - has slowly etched itself into the minds of film lovers around the world as one as one of the quintessential b-movie noirs of its day.

Bolstered by similar musings and patched together at about the same time, Club Havana (1945) amounts to little more than a trifle. A story is concocted out of nowhere and, once over, dissipates back into nothing. But that's part of its charm. In draining a Grand Hotel (1932)-type scenario of a budget as well as a purpose, the film acquires a strong offhand flavour that legitimises the whole ordeal. Low-budget-friendly aggravations of sadness, solitude and regret hover over the set as individual stories coalesce into an abstract whole. Talking leads into music and back into talking. The top-billed Tom Neal is diluted into the narrative and what little there is of a plot through-line emerges elsewhere - and why not?

Ulmer knew how to breathe life into an obviously vacant affair and have a lot of fun in the process. Club Havana may not be Exhibit A (nor B, nor C...) of this refreshing trait, but it's certainly one to consider down the road.


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