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Our Man in Havana

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Original title
Our Man in Havana
Year
Running time
111 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Graham Greene (Novel: Graham Greene)
Cinematography
Oswald Morris (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Columbia Pictures
Genre
Comedy | Spy Film
Movie Groups
Graham Greene Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
Graham Greene wrote this witty comedy inspired by Cold War paranoia. Jim Wormald (Alec Guiness) is an Englishman selling vacuum cleaners in Cuba on the cusp of the revolution. Hawthorne (Noel Coward), a British intelligence agent, is looking for information on Cuban affairs and recruits Jim to act as a spy. Jim has no experience in espionage and no useful knowledge to pass along, but Hawthorne is willing to pay for his services, and since Jim's daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has expensive tastes, he can use the money. To keep Hawthorne happy (and his paychecks coming in), he turns in reports on the Cuban revolution that are copied from public documents, "hires" additional agents who don't exist, and presents blueprints of secret weapons that are actually schematics of his carpet sweepers. However, Hawthorne and associate "C" (Ralph Richardson) think that Jim is doing splendid work and encourage him to continue; meanwhile, Capt. Segura (Ernie Kovacs), the elegantly corrupt chief of police, has been fooled by Jim's charade into believing he's a real spy -- and has also become attracted to Milly.
Awards
1960: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy
1960: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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