Club Havana (1945)

58.5 or 61-62 mins | Drama | 23 November 1945

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Producer:

Leon Fromkess

Cinematographer:

Benjamin Kline

Production Designer:

Edward C. Jewell

Production Company:

Producers Releasing Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Two Tickets to Heaven . While Paul Cavanagh's character is listed as "Willard Rogers" in the end credits, he is called "Clifton Rogers" in the film. According to HR news items, Fred Jackson, who is credited with the picture's original story, was first assigned to produce the film, and Albert Herman was to direct it. Edgar Ulmer took over as director in mid-Feb 1945, when Jack D. Grant was announced as the producer. Martin Mooney took over as producer in late Mar 1945, HR production charts include Pamela Blake in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to modern interviews with Ulmer, German cameraman Eugene Schuftan was the uncredited director of photography on this film, and most of the film's story was made up on the set by the director and his ... More Less

The working title of this film was Two Tickets to Heaven . While Paul Cavanagh's character is listed as "Willard Rogers" in the end credits, he is called "Clifton Rogers" in the film. According to HR news items, Fred Jackson, who is credited with the picture's original story, was first assigned to produce the film, and Albert Herman was to direct it. Edgar Ulmer took over as director in mid-Feb 1945, when Jack D. Grant was announced as the producer. Martin Mooney took over as producer in late Mar 1945, HR production charts include Pamela Blake in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to modern interviews with Ulmer, German cameraman Eugene Schuftan was the uncredited director of photography on this film, and most of the film's story was made up on the set by the director and his actors. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Oct 1945.
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Daily Variety
22 Oct 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Jan 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 45
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Jul 45
p. 2555.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Oct 45
p. 2686.
Variety
23 Jan 46
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Transparency projection shots
MAKEUP
Dir of makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Besame mucho," music and lyrics by Consuelo Velázquez
"Tico-tico, no fubá," music by Zequínha de Abreu, lyrics by Aloysio Oliveira.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Two Tickets to Heaven
Release Date:
23 November 1945
Production Date:
mid May--early June 1945
Copyright Claimant:
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13581
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58.5 or 61-62
Length(in feet):
5,615
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10982
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Following a Reno divorce from her abusive, alcoholic husband, Rosalind rushes home to Miami to meet her boyfriend, Johnny Norton, at the Club Havana, a Latin-flavored nightclub. At the same locale, Lucy, a struggling young model, is dining with her date, Dr. Bill Porter, an intern, while Clifton Rogers, a noted but penniless promoter, has a business dinner with the wealthy Mrs. Cavendish and her family. Jimmy Medford, the pianist boyfriend of Club Havana singer Isabelita, becomes conscience-stricken when he learns that Joe Reed, a local gambler, has been released from police custody for lack of evience in the murder of Julia Dumont, a performer at the club. Though Jimmy saw the gambler leaving Julia's apartment at the time of the murder, he is reluctant to go to the police, as both he and Isabelita fear Joe's retribution. Later, Mrs. Cavendish agrees to finance Rogers' projects once he consents to marry her, while Johnny breaks Rosalind's heart by telling her that he is in love with another woman. Rosalind then attempts suicide by swallowing a handful of pills, but is saved by Bill. Meanwhile, the newly reconciled Kingstons, an older married couple, plan a romantic dinner at the club, but the two end up doing more arguing than romancing. Jimmy finally decides to call the police, but his phone call is listened in on by Myrtle, the club's telephone operator, who tells Joe of the pianist's actions. Joe then retains a hired killer to murder Jimmy, but the gunman shoots Myrtle instead after she yells a warning to Jimmy while driving away in her car. The gunman is then run over by ... +


Following a Reno divorce from her abusive, alcoholic husband, Rosalind rushes home to Miami to meet her boyfriend, Johnny Norton, at the Club Havana, a Latin-flavored nightclub. At the same locale, Lucy, a struggling young model, is dining with her date, Dr. Bill Porter, an intern, while Clifton Rogers, a noted but penniless promoter, has a business dinner with the wealthy Mrs. Cavendish and her family. Jimmy Medford, the pianist boyfriend of Club Havana singer Isabelita, becomes conscience-stricken when he learns that Joe Reed, a local gambler, has been released from police custody for lack of evience in the murder of Julia Dumont, a performer at the club. Though Jimmy saw the gambler leaving Julia's apartment at the time of the murder, he is reluctant to go to the police, as both he and Isabelita fear Joe's retribution. Later, Mrs. Cavendish agrees to finance Rogers' projects once he consents to marry her, while Johnny breaks Rosalind's heart by telling her that he is in love with another woman. Rosalind then attempts suicide by swallowing a handful of pills, but is saved by Bill. Meanwhile, the newly reconciled Kingstons, an older married couple, plan a romantic dinner at the club, but the two end up doing more arguing than romancing. Jimmy finally decides to call the police, but his phone call is listened in on by Myrtle, the club's telephone operator, who tells Joe of the pianist's actions. Joe then retains a hired killer to murder Jimmy, but the gunman shoots Myrtle instead after she yells a warning to Jimmy while driving away in her car. The gunman is then run over by the mortally wounded telephone operator. While Jimmy is taken to the police station to testify against Joe, Rosalind and Johnny reconcile and leave the nightclub together. +

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