weekend in havana
the year: 1942
the genre: musical
the cast: Alice Faye (Nan Spencer); John Payne (Jay Williams); Carmen Miranda (Rosita Rivas); Cesar Romero (Monte Blanca); Cobina Wright (Terry McCracken)
the plot: Ship company employee, Jay Williams, is sent to Florida where one of the company cruise ships is stuck on a reef off of the coast. He obtains waivers from all of the passengers with the exception of Nan Spencer, a department store salesgirl who wants her vacation NOW, not later. Jay is instructed to take Nan to Havana and set her up in the best hotel and keep her entertained - anything to get her signature on the waiver.
don't miss: Jay Williams: tour guide.
watch for: Leonid Kinskey as Rafael the bellhop. He is one of the great character actors of the 30s and 40s - and he's Russian (not Spanish).
listen for: "You are a no good, good-for-nothing. But I like you!"
did you know: Alice Faye was pregnant during the filming of this movie.
extra bonus points: if you can name two other movies in which Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda co-starred.
also listen for: "Aha! Now I have got you where you want me!