Week-End in Havana

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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.

ACTORS :  Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, John Payne

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1941

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Week-End in Havana 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.

Horoughly enjoyable escapist pre-World War II fare

Week-End in Havana I really enjoyed this musical. Carmen Miranda and Ceasr Romero are especially charming and at the top of their game. The songs and dancing routines are first class, a little “Hermes Pan” influence. I am also a fan of John Payne. His understated and often over looked skills as an actor are on display as be brings a light touch to this enjoyable romp. I thought Alice Faye was wonderful but would like to have seen her do a couple of more musical numbers like she has done in her other projects. No one can introduce a song during the era of the 30s and 40s like Alice. The colors are big, bright and beautiful and makes for a wonderful watch. I may be old fashioned but this is a film i could watch with the grand children and laugh out loud with them.

Romance and Rhumba

Week-End in HavanaAlice Faye, John Payne, Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero all fair better in this lively and funny musical romp, directed by Walter Lang and enlivened by Fox’s shimmering Technicolor, gorgeous costumes, and some nice rollicking musical numbers.

Although “Week-End in Havana” is not as totally rapturous and frivolous as “Down Argentine Way” & “That Night in Rio”, I was thoroughly entertained. The plot is kind of unremarkable but it offers subtantial showcase for its stars. Faye is the showgirl and tourist named Nan who gets a taste of Havana after her ship wrecks off the coast of Florida. Payne is Jay, the ship company representative who guides Nan in Havana and persuades the gambler Monte Blanca (Romero) to romance her in order to avoid legal battles. The gambler’s girlfriend is the feisty Rosita Rivas (Miranda) who gets jealous of her man’s coy romancing with the American tourist. Ultimately a romance blooms between Nan and Jay and the rest is history.

All of this romantic nonsense is enlivened by the some catchy, entertaining musical numbers and dances, including “Romance and Rhumba”, “Tropical Magic”, “The Man with the Lollypop”, and “Week End in Havana”.

Worth catching if you love this sort of fluff.

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