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Holiday in Havana (1949)

Carlos Estrada, a busboy in a Cuban hotel who wants to become a composer, is rebuffed by Mama Valdez when he tries to get her daughter, singer-dancer Lolita Veldez, to use one of his songs.... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Karen DeWolf (screenplay), Morton Grant (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Desi Arnaz ... Carlos Estrada
Mary Hatcher ... Lolita Valdez - aka Dolores
Ann Doran ... Marge Henley
Steven Geray ... Lopez
Minerva Urecal ... Mama Valdez
Sig Arno ... Pepe
Ray Walker ... Sam Keegan
Nacho Galindo ... Police Sergeant
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Carlos Estrada, a busboy in a Cuban hotel who wants to become a composer, is rebuffed by Mama Valdez when he tries to get her daughter, singer-dancer Lolita Veldez, to use one of his songs. Carlos thinks Lolita, who he has not met, is the one who turned him down. He unexpectedly becomes the leader of the hotel band, and they set out for Havana by bus to find a singer and dancer to join them in the grand rumba contest at the annual carnival. Lolita, who has her heart set on winning the contest, slips out of her hotel and heads for Havana in a car driven by an American agent, Marge Henley, who is trying to sign her up. With the police, called by her mother, in pursuit she abandons the car and catches the band bus and, under an assumed name, persuades Carlos to take her to Havana with the band. Later, learning her true identity, Carlos cools toward her. Will they clear up the misunderstanding? Will they win the big contest? Will romance conquer all? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Runaway Rhumba Romance! See more »

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Quotes

Carlos Estrada: Then, you are just another woman. What makes you think you're so perfect? Or, something?
Lolita Valdez - aka Dolores: Oh, I didn't say I was.
Carlos Estrada: Well, you're not! Look at you. Your hair...
Lolita Valdez - aka Dolores: What's wrong with my hair?
Carlos Estrada: Nothing. Your nose!
Lolita Valdez - aka Dolores: You don't like it?
Carlos Estrada: Well, it's alright by itself. Then you put it together with your eyes and your lips.
Lolita Valdez - aka Dolores: Yes...
Carlos Estrada: Turn off the light.
Lolita Valdez - aka Dolores: Huh?
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Mad Masters (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Arnaz Jam
Written by Desi Arnaz
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Rhumba Fantastico!
3 February 2004 | by DonFreidleSee all my reviews

Dance, Ricky, Dance!

Finally, Desi can shine without being weighed down by the supremely untalented Lucille Ball. She could make a Pumpkin Pie taste like a Rice Cake. Her acting skills are on a par with Lili Tomlin and Jane Curtain. Anchors all, bringing down their co-stars with the weight of a large Carnie size boat.

Go see this movie.

See Desi dance!

He Rhumbas the night away.

This latin lover puts the spice back in spicy.

Holiday in Havana is like a fabulous festival for my VCR. It likes this movie so much that I can't seem to eject the tape. Apparently Panasonic gives this movie 2 gigantic thumbs up.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1949 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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