Our Man in Havana | 1959 | Alec Guinness, Burl Ives,

Our Man in Havana | 1959 | Alec Guinness, Burl Ives,

Having found so much success with his adaptations of Graham Greene novels The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949), Carol Reed revisited the author’s oeuvre with this fabulous satirical spy story.

Ex-pat vacuum salesman Jim Wormold (Alec Guinness) is roped into Britain’s Cuban espionage division. Paid per item of intelligence, and desperate to send daughter Milly (Morrow) to an expensive European school, Wormold embellishes his reports with daring falsification. But the ruse has uneasy consequences, especially when his activities arouse the suspicions of police chief Captain Segura (Ernie Kovacs) suspicion.

Guinness plays his part to perfection, an Everyman paddling furiously against the tide, and excellent support comes from Ralph Richardson (as the obsessive MI6 boss), Burl Ives and Paul Rogers (as rival agent). But Noël Coward steals the show as his patrician spymaster.

cast
Alec Guinness as Jim Wormold
Burl Ives as Dr. Hasselbacher
Maureen O’Hara as Beatrice Severn
Ernie Kovacs as Capt. Segura
Noël Coward as Hawthorne
Ralph Richardson as ‘C’
Jo Morrow as Milly Wormold
Grégoire Aslan as Cifuentes
Paul Rogers as Hubert Carter
Raymond Huntley as General
Maurice Denham as Admiral
Duncan Macrae as MacDougal
Ferdy Mayne as Prof. Sanchez

crew
Art Direction: John Box
Director Of Photography: Oswald Morris
Director: Carol Reed
Editor: Bert Bates
Producers: Carol Reed, Raymond Anzarut
Original Music Composers: Frank Deniz, Laurence Deniz
Novel: Graham Greene
Screenplay: Graham Greene from his own novel.

UK, US | 111 minutes | 1959

advertisement

theviewersguide

The Viewer's Guide to Film intends to be a comprehensive guide to the very best of cinema from the earliest silent era, through to the golden age of Hollywood and on to today's biggest blockbusters.

Each entry on the site includes a capsule review/plot overview, along with cast and crew credits, images and trailers where available.