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Week-End in Havana (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 17 October 1941 (USA)
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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The Gayest...Fastest...FOUR STAR MUSICAL OF 1941! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second unit director James Curtis Havens was on location in Cuba with his crew for about one month, filming longshots with doubles and atmospheric shots. See more »

Quotes

Jay Williams: You Cubans are supposed to be experts at romance.
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Featured in Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995) See more »

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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Typical 20th Century-Fox fun.
28 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a cruise ship getting stuck on a reef. The cruise line sends one of its execs (John Payne) to meet the passengers in order to placate them and get each one to sign a release. However, one (Alice Faye) is not so easily satisfied and refuses to sign. After all, she cannot afford to take another trip a couple weeks later and she insists that the cruise line owes her a vacation and NOW! So, to avoid a lawsuit, he arranges for the woman to be flown to Havana to be wined and dined in style. She is happy but won't sign the release until AFTER the trip is over--as it COULD still be a lousy vacation. So, to be sure the vacation is great, he arranges for a local ne'er-do-well (Cesar Romero) to romance her. The problem is that he already has a girlfriend (Carmen Miranda)--and she's one jealous lady! What's next? Well, it's pretty predictable but quite entertaining.

This picture is pretty much what you'd expect from a film from this studio--some very nice Technicolor, a few songs and a lot of fun. While none of "Week-End in Havana" is certainly NOT a great film, it is a decent little time-passer and is worth seeing. It's also one of Miranda's best films, as she's used more effectively than in many of her Fox movies.

By the way, at the 73 minute mark, you can catch a brief glimpse of Hugh Beaumont--but look fast or you'll miss him.


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