Sucedio en la Habana (It Happened in Havana) had to be the most ambitious Cuban film of the 1930s: in any event, it was one of the most successful. Mixing equal portions of music, comedy and romance, director Ramon Peon follows several festive protagonists on what amounts to a guided tour of Havana's celebrated nightspots. The huge cast consists of practically every "big name" of the Cuban stage and screen, and also calls upon the talents of a veritable battalion of songwriters. Indeed, one critic noted that the opening credits alone took four minutes to roll across the screen! Despite a huge budget and an all-star cast, the film is surprisingly shoddy at times; particularly badly handled are the song solos, which feature some of the clumsiest lip-synching ever captured on film.
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