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<br.Robert Lees
Frederic I. Rinaldo
Story by Morton Grant
Starring Desi Arnaz
Mary Hatcher
Ann Doran
Music by Paul Mertz
Cinematography Vincent J. Farrar
Edited by Henry Batista
Release dates
  • 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.

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  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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