Girl from Havana


1h 9m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
Foreign Correspondent, Imposter
Release Date
Sep 11, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,050ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Woody Davis and Tex Moore, a pair of brawling oil drillers working the fields of South America, quarrel over a sultry nightclub singer known as the "girl from Havana." Tex, who has just won a $2,500 bonus for bringing in the first gusher, tries to impress "Havana" with his money, but she is taken with Woody. She tries to help Woody win Tex's money in a crap game by supplying him with loaded dice, but her plan backfires when Tex spots the fakes and starts a brawl with Woody. The men end up in jail, but later that night, their pal, Tubby Waters, breaks Woody out so that he can go to the club and retrieve Tex's money from Havana, who picked it up during the confusion. Woody accuses Havana of stealing the money and is embarrassed when she reveals that she was merely holding it for safekeeping. Their conversation is interrupted by Drenov, a drunken Russian who is forcing his attentions on Havana. Drenov and Woody fight, and Tubby is killed while trying to protect Woody when Drenov shoots at him. Woody, filled with grief, is fired and ordered to leave the country, but he stays to avenge his friend's death. He follows Drenov to a warehouse and kills him during a violent fight. Impressed with Woody's ability to handle himself, Cort, the owner of the warehouse, offers Woody Drenov's job as a gunrunner for a band of revolutionaries headed by Captain Lazear. Unconcerned with South American politics and embittered by his experiences, Woody accepts and smuggles a shipment of arms past Tex and the other oilmen as they patrol the roads in search of contraband. Meanwhile, Havana learns that the police have found Drenov's body and are searching for the other gunrunners. Fearing for Woody's safety, she makes the dangerous trek through the jungle to the warehouse, where the weapons are kept until Lazear comes to collect them. Chita, Lazear's hot-blooded girl friend, attempts to romance Woody, but he rejects her advances. Lazear walks in as Chita is kissing Woody and is about to kill him, when Havana appears. In order to allay Lazear's suspcions, Havana lies, telling him that she is Woody's wife. She then warns the men that the police are on their way, after which she discovers that Chita, in anger, has alerted Tex's boss Harrigan about the store of arms. When the Americans arrive, Woody refuses to fight against them and joins forces with Tex to vanquish Lazear and his men. After a long gun battle, Woody blows up the warehouse, and the revolutionary bandits are captured. Later, Woody and Havana are married and are about to leave on their honeymoon, when Harrigan offers to reinstate Woody with a big promotion. Harrigan gives the contract, made out to Mrs. Woody Davis, to Havana, and she assures him that her husband will report for work the next morning.

Film Details

Also Known As
Foreign Correspondent, Imposter
Release Date
Sep 11, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,050ft (8 reels)

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Imposter and Foreign Correspondent. This picture bears a strong resemblance in plot to a 1936 Republic production entitled The Leathernecks Have Landed (see below), although the credited writers differ.