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Our Man in Havana (1959)

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.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writer:

Graham Greene (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 G. Prieto Joseph G. Prieto ... Lopez (as Jose Prieto)
Duncan Macrae ... MacDougal
Gerik Schjelderup Gerik Schjelderup ... Svenson
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Storyline

Jim Wormold is an expatriate Englishman living in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter Milly. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Hasselbacher suggests that the best secrets are known to no one, he decides to manufacture a list of agents and provides fictional tales for the benefit of his masters in London. He is soon seen as the best agent in the Western Hemisphere but it all begins to unravel when the local police decode his cables and start rounding up his "network" and he learns that he is the target of a group out to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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A murderously funny story, magnificently cast....marvelously made !


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Official Sites:

Sony Movie Channel

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuestro hombre en La Habana See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kingsmead Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting at Shepperton Studios lasted eleven weeks. Filming on-location in Cuba went for seven. See more »

Goofs

While Guinness is talking to the Doctor in his ransacked apartment, you can see the shadow of the boom mic moving overhead. See more »

Quotes

Jim Wormold: Forgive me, I couldn't help overhearing what you said. Perhaps we could have a word privately.
Ambassador: Haven't I met you somewhere before? The Embassy?
Jim Wormold: Good heavens, no. I never go there.
Ambassador: I afraid you'll have to if you want to see me in private. I happen to be the Ambassador.
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Connections

References Indiscreet (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

¿Domitila, dónde vas?
(uncredited)
Written by Ricardo Díaz
Sung often by the three street musicians
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a bit underrated
1 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although most Americans have little knowledge of his work other than Star Wars, Alec Guinness produced an amazing body of work--particularly in the 1940s-1950s--ranging from dramas to quirky comedies. I particularly love his comedies, as they are so well-done and seem so natural and real on the screen--far different from the usual fare from Hollywood.

This spy farce is about a man who is a paid spy in Cuba during the latter years of the Batista regime. The problem is, he has absolutely no idea what he is doing and is in way over his head because he is NOT a trained spy--just some guy dumped into the role despite his objections. So how do you think he should deal with this dilemma? Of course, make up EVERYTHING and pretend you are doing your job. The problem is, he is too good at it and the lies take on a life of their own! This comedy is a bit silly at times and unbelievable compared to some of his earlier work, but it is still an excellent film. Don't be put off by mediocre reviews that came out since its release--it's well worth your time.


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