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Our Man in Havana Details


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. Our Man in Havana also features Burl Ives and Maureen O'Hara in supporting roles. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 27, 1960


Awarded by
Directors Guild of America Carol Reed Best Director 1960 Nominee


Alec Guinness
as Jim Wormald
Burl Ives
as Dr. Cart Hasselbacher
Maureen O'Hara
as Beatrice Evans
Ernie Kovacs
as Capt.Segura
Noël Coward
as Hawthorne
Ralph Richardson
as "C"
Jo Morrow
as Milly Wonnald
Paul Rogers
as Hubert Carter
Gregoire Aslan
as Cifuentes
Timothy Bateson
as Rudy
Maurice Denham
as Admiral
Raymond Huntley
as General
Hugh Manning
as RAF Officer
Maxine Audley
as Teresa
Yvonne Buckingham
as Woman
Karel Stepanek
as Dr. Braun
Gerik Schjelderup
as Svenson
Rachel Roberts
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Prof. Sanchez
Elisabeth Welch
as Beautiful Woman
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Prof. Sanchez


Carol Reed
Carol Reed
Graham Greene
Book Author
Graham Greene
Oswald Morris
Hermanos Deniz
Composer (Music Score)
Bert Bates
Phyllis Dalton
Costume Designer
Gerry O'Hara
First Assistant Director
Denys Coop
Camera Operator
Harry Frampton