Holiday in Havana

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Holiday in Havana
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Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Produced by Ted Richmond
Written by Karen DeWolf, Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo
Story by Morton Grant
Starring Desi Arnaz, Mary Hatcher and Ann Doran
Cinematography Vincent J. Farrar
Edited by Henry Batista
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 15, 1949 (1949-10-15)
Running time 73 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Holiday in Havana is a 1949 American Columbia Pictures[1] musical comedy directed by Jean Yarbrough, and starring Desi Arnaz, Mary Hatcher and Ann Doran. The film is about a Cuban hotel busboy (Arnaz) who dreams of becoming a composer. According to author Mary Beltrán, in his portrayal of Carlos Estrada, Arnaz "established a successful negotiation of tensions inherent in playing a Latin romantic lead in this period, a negotiation that set the stage for what would make Ricky Ricardo so popular with American viewers.[2] His music, with songs such as "Holiday in Havana" and the "Arnaz Jam" featured in the film.



  1. ^ Pérez, Louis A. (2008). On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-8078-5899-8. 
  2. ^ Beltrán, Mary (2009). Latina Stars in U.S. Eyes. University of Illinois Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-252-07651-0. 

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