The Girl From Havana

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

An excellent, suspenseful early talkie with decent dialogue, this picture features one of the all-time great theft sequences. A clerk in a jewelry store, Paul Page, bravely defends the patrons by leaping to attack a frothy-mouthed "mad" dog that has wandered into the posh establishment. Wrestling the apparently rabid pooch to a standstill, the heroic pearl...read more

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An excellent, suspenseful early talkie with decent dialogue, this picture features one of the all-time great theft sequences. A clerk in a jewelry store, Paul Page, bravely defends the patrons by leaping to attack a frothy-mouthed "mad" dog that has wandered into the posh establishment.

Wrestling the apparently rabid pooch to a standstill, the heroic pearl peddler finds himself roundly upbraided by the store's manager when it is discovered that a number of valuable trinkets have vanished. The occupants of the establishment are searched, but to no avail; the gems have jetted.

Next, we find the intrepid ex-clerk aboard an ocean liner bound for Cuba, with his one-time jewelry patrons Kenneth Thomson and Natalie Moorhead, principals in the gem-theft ring. The pooch reappears; the missing bracelets had been stuffed by Page into a pouch worn by the "rabid" mutt. But, Lo!

Female detective Lane has boarded also, hot on the trail of the trio and their henchmen. En route, a ship's concert offers opportunites for the singing, dancing Lane--one of three successful cinematic sisters, the others being Priscilla and Rosemary--to warble "Time Will Tell," at which point the

purloining Page promptly falls in love with her. But wait: Page has only pretended perfidy in order to get the goods on one member of the mob, who murdered his father. After a brisk battle, the clever crooks are caught, their venture comes to naught, lovers Lane and Page unite, and all is well.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An excellent, suspenseful early talkie with decent dialogue, this picture features one of the all-time great theft sequences. A clerk in a jewelry store, Paul Page, bravely defends the patrons by leaping to attack a frothy-mouthed "mad" dog that has wander… (more)

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