Adapted from Graham Greene's novel, Alec Guinness stars in this classic spy spoof as Jim Wormold, an English expatriate who sells vacuum cleaners in Havana. His life is irrevocably changed as he is recruited by Hawthorne (Noel Coward), and pressed into service as an operative of M.I.5, which he reluctantly agress to so he can earn extra money for his 17-year-old daughter. Wormold does not actually engage in any actual espionage. Instead, he invents facts on his reports and recruits fictitious agents. However thise reports are taken seriously in London and two additional agents, a radio operator and a secretary are despached to assist Wormold. He soon discovers that his imagination is going to take on life of its own...
A Cuban tale
- Our Man in Havana review by CP Customer
There are the usual fine acting performances that you would expect to see in a British film of this era and the storyline has merit as does the odd injections of humour, but for me it felt short of being a Classic.