6.4/10
334
11 user 5 critic

Havana Widows (1933)

Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two wisecracking manicurists flee an irate gangster.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Robert Armstrong
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two broke ex-chorus girls in California hope to get back to Broadway by winning the "Miss Pacific Fleet" popularity contest.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two gold-digging process servers are tasked with subpoenaing one's boyfriend, who has been using a pseudonym to avoid breach-of-promise servings and suits.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, William Gargan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, Allen Jenkins
Girl Missing (1933)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two sassy gold-diggers stranded in Palm Beach become involved in the case of a fellow chorine who goes missing on her wedding night.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Ben Lyon, Mary Brian
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Novice attorneys Mary and 'Dot' open their own practice, confident that their futures looks bright. But after months of rising debt and falling income, Mary stumbles into the employ of ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Margaret Lindsay, Glenda Farrell, Warren Hull
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aviator Jim Blaine and his brother Neil are rivals not only as daredevil flyers, but also for the love of parachutist Jill Collins.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Alfred E. Green
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Sally Eilers, Tom Brown
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O'Brien
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ruth Raymond works on the switchboard and her boyfriend is John Blake. It has taken 14 years, but a detective named Murray has found her and confirmed that she is Ruth Carson. As a child, ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Charles Ruggles, Una Merkel, Mary Carlisle
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After socialite Lynn Llewwllen receives an anonymous threat, he is poisoned at his uncle's casino, and although he recovers, his wife is murdered by the same killer.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Paul Lukas, Alison Skipworth, Donald Cook
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Mae Knight
Glenda Farrell ... Sadie Appleby
Guy Kibbee ... Deacon R. Jones
Allen Jenkins ... Herman Brody
Lyle Talbot ... Bob Jones
Frank McHugh ... Duffy
Ruth Donnelly ... Emily Jones
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Otis
Ralph Ince ... G.W. 'Butch' O'Neill
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Ryan--Landlady
George Cooper ... Paymaster Mullins
Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Timberg (as Charles Wilson)
Edit

Storyline

Mae and Sadie, impecunious chorus girls, chisel some money from an admirer and head for Havana to "dig gold" among the millionaires. Posing as rich widows, they prepare to fleece wealthy Deacon Jones, but his penniless son Bob catches Mae's eye. The whole enterprise is endangered when Herman, their original cash source, shows up... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

those gold-digging havana widows are in town See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viúvas de Havana See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Sadie tells Mae that the surest place to find Duffy is at "Sloppy Moe's" - that is undoubtedly a reference to the original Sloppy Joe's Bar in Old Havana, Cuba. Financially devastated by the 1959 revolution and finally closed by a fire in the 1960's, it has been restored and reopened in 2013. See more »

Goofs

When the girls arrive in Havana, Glenda's scarf/collar keeps changing the way it is draped, buttoned over the left, and buttoned over the right, back and forth, several times. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Duffy, the Lawyer: Miss Appleby, if his nibs and Mae are ready, we'll all sneak in and take a little peak.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Lady
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening chorus line scene
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pre-code misfire
28 January 2007 | by ChorusGirlSee all my reviews

It's tempting to imagine this is a taste of the long-lost film CONVENTION CITY, made in the same year, from the same studio, with a similar themes, and some of the same cast (and, if you know Warner Bros, probably some of the same costumes, sets, and extras too).

I'm hoping this is not the case. HAVANA WIDOWS is a snooze, missing the grit and edge of the other Warner Bros films from their amazing 1931-33 output. This studio didn't always fare well with straight comedies--they usually struck gold with the dramas and musicals (and 2 horror movies), where the comedy played supporting role. I find similar problems with BLESSED EVENT: the comedy just has nothing to play against.

Joan Blondell (fresh off of FOOTLIGHT PARADE) and Glenda Farrell con their friend for ticket fare to Havana, in hopes of landing some rich sap. That's a good start, but even these two formidable talents cant put over the unfunny script, which wants to be saucy and naughty but cant seem to figure out how. In fact, there is only a little pre-Code pleasure to be found here, and by the end we descend into a pretty desperate slapstick finale.

This film is rarely shown (it was released on MGM/UA's laserdisc FORBIDDEN Hollywood VOLUME 2, but not on VHS), but there are occasionally copies to be found on ebay.


7 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed