Our Man in Havana (1959)

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Our Man in Havana
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TitleOur Man in Havana
Year1959
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreThriller (Movies)
CollectionSpies
Run Time1h 47 min
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In pre-revolutionary Cuba, James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman, is recruited by Hawthorne of the British Secret Intelligence Service to be their Havana operative. Instead of recruiting his own agents, Wormold invents agents from men he knows only by sight and sketches “plans” for a rocket-launching pad based on vacuum cleaner parts to increase his value to the service and to procure more money for himself and his expensive daughter Milly.

Because his importance grows, he is sent a secretary, Beatrice, and a radioman from London to be under his command. With their arrival, it becomes much harder for Wormold to maintain his facade. However, all of his invented information begins to come true: his cables home are intercepted and believed to be true by enemy agents who then act against his “cell”. One of his “agents” is killed, and he is targeted for assassination. He admits what he has done to his secretary, and he is recalled to London. At the film’s conclusion, rather than telling the truth to the Prime Minister and other military intelligence services, Wormold’s commanders agree to fabricate a story claiming his imagined machines had been dismantled. They bestow an OBE on Wormold and offer him a position teaching espionage classes in London.

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Our Man in Havana
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Cast:

Alec Guinness Alec Guinness
Jim Wormold
Burl Ives Burl Ives
Dr. Hasselbacher
Maureen O'Hara Maureen O'Hara
Beatrice Severn
Ernie Kovacs Ernie Kovacs
Capt. Segura
Noël Coward Noël Coward
Hawthorne

In pre-revolutionary Cuba, James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman, is recruited by Hawthorne of the British Secret Intelligence Service to be their Havana operative. Instead of recruiting his own agents, Wormold invents agents from men he knows only by sight and sketches “plans” for a rocket-launching pad based on vacuum cleaner parts to increase his value to the service and to procure more money for himself and his expensive daughter Milly.

Because his importance grows, he is sent a secretary, Beatrice, and a radioman from London to be under his command. With their arrival, it becomes much harder for Wormold to maintain his facade. However, all of his invented information begins to come true: his cables home are intercepted and believed to be true by enemy agents who then act against his “cell”. One of his “agents” is killed, and he is targeted for assassination. He admits what he has done to his secretary, and he is recalled to London. At the film’s conclusion, rather than telling the truth to the Prime Minister and other military intelligence services, Wormold’s commanders agree to fabricate a story claiming his imagined machines had been dismantled. They bestow an OBE on Wormold and offer him a position teaching espionage classes in London.

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