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Havana Widows (1933)

Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Mae Knight
Glenda Farrell ... Sadie Appleby
Guy Kibbee ... Deacon R. Jones
Allen Jenkins ... Herman Brody
Lyle Talbot ... Bob Jones
Frank McHugh ... Duffy
Ruth Donnelly ... Emily Jones
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Otis
Ralph Ince ... G.W. 'Butch' O'Neill
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Ryan--Landlady
George Cooper ... Paymaster Mullins
Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Timberg (as Charles Wilson)
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Storyline

Mae and Sadie, impecunious chorus girls, chisel some money from an admirer and head for Havana to "dig gold" among the millionaires. Posing as rich widows, they prepare to fleece wealthy Deacon Jones, but his penniless son Bob catches Mae's eye. The whole enterprise is endangered when Herman, their original cash source, shows up... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viúvas de Havana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of five films from Warner Bros. pairing Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell, released from 1933 to 1935. The other films are Kansas City Princess (1934), Traveling Saleslady (1935), We're in the Money (1935), and Miss Pacific Fleet (1935). See more »

Goofs

When the girls arrive in Havana, Glenda's scarf/collar keeps changing the way it is draped, buttoned over the left, and buttoned over the right, back and forth, several times. See more »

Quotes

Herman Brody: Well, kick my shins from ear to ear.
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Pretty Lady
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening chorus line scene
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Digging for gold with a treasure trove of thesps
30 April 2011 | by Fred_RapSee all my reviews

A cast of Warner's brightest farceurs work overtime in this frantic, sporadically funny gold-digger farce. In the first of several pairings, Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell play gum-chomping burlesque chorines looking to strike it rich in Havana. Though pains are made to show Blondell as a tootsie of morals (early on, she refuses her boss's request to dance at a stag party), she apparently has no qualms about trapping vacationing millionaires into breach of promise settlements.

True to form, Blondell has a last minute change of heart when she falls for the son (Lyle Talbot) of her intended mark. Luckily for the viewer the sucker happens to be Guy Kibbee, whose rooftop escape from a Cuban Turkish bath is a low comedy hoot.

Hyperthyroid Allen Jenkins provides amusing support as (what else?) a gangster's lamebrained flunky, and the wonderful Ruth Donnelly appears all too briefly as Kibbee's carnivorous wife. Only Frank McHugh is a repetitious drag; he plays a constantly inebriated lawyer in the obvious speech-slurring style common to the thirsty days of Prohibition. You have to wonder whether such witless drunk acts contributed to the repeal.


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