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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several times during the movie, one can see the neon business sign next door to Mr. Wormold's building which boldly reads "BOND". Bond Clothiers was founded in Cleveland in 1914, long before there was any hint of a James Bond. In the 1940s, it was the largest men's clothiers in business, and the Bond name appeared in most large cities. See more »

Goofs

When Wormold and Hasselbacher are discussing the recruitment of agents in the bar, Hasselbacher, when being shot over his shoulder, is heard to say a line while seen to be drinking deeply from his glass. See more »

Quotes

Jim Wormold: We should all be clowns, Milly.
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Connections

Featured in Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

LA BELLA CUBANA
(uncredited)
(traditional Cuban melody)
Composed by Jose White Lafitte (1853)
used as love theme in the opening credits
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My idea of paradise
22 February 2005 | by bob998See all my reviews

My idea of paradise would be sitting down with a DVD boxed set of Alec Guinness comedies from the 1950's. What will it be tonight? The Man in the White Suit, or The Ladykillers (both by Mackendrick)? Or Kind Hearts and Coronets, where he played eight parts to perfection? No, tonight will be Our Man in Havana, the blackest of black comedies, directed by Carol Reed from Graham Greene's novel. The tone of confusion and mounting panic, the sense of things sliding hopelessly out of control is perfectly caught by Reed, who had already given us the classic The Third Man.

The casting is very good. Noel Coward, Gregoire Aslan, Ferdy Mayne and especially Burl Ives as Hasselbacher, the most reluctant of spies are all impressive. Maureen O'Hara is a Rolls Royce when a Morris would have done for this story, but she plays well. I liked Ernie Kovacs as Segura, the brutal police chief; he had a nice vulgarity blended with sensitivity that worked for me.

Now my pleasure would be complete if this picture were available on DVD, and if IMDb would give us the memorable quotes this film abounds in. Like Segura: "one never tortures except by a kind of mutual agreement", or Beatrice's description of her estranged husband: "He was very beautiful; he had a face like a young fledgling looking out of the nest in one of those nature films..."


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