When a cruise ship runs aground it cancels the cruise for those aboard. The owner of the cruise line, Mr. Walter McCracken (George Barbier – Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Man Who Came to Dinner) sends his future son-in-law Jay Williams (John Payne – Miracle on 34th Street, Tin Pan Alley), much to the chagrin of his daughter Terry (Cobina Wright – Charlie Chan in Rio), to get the passengers to sign waivers. All is going well until one passenger, Miss Nan Spencer (Alice Faye – Fallen Angel, The Gang's All Here), refuses to sign the waiver. Williams is worried because Miss Spencer saw that the Captain was not where he was supposed to be at the time of the accident. She is upset because she has saved for the vacation for years and was counting on having a good time. Williams offers to send on an all-expenses paid trip to Havana. Miss Spencer says she will only sign the waiver after her trip and only if she has had a good time. Williams accompanies Miss Spencer to Havana to try and ensure that she has a good time. Unfortunately, Miss Spencer, who is having a boring time with Williams, gets mixed up with gambler Monte Blanca (Cesar Romero – Ocean's Eleven, Around the World in 80 Days) and his girlfriend Rosita Rivas (Carmen Miranda – The Gang's All Here). There is also trouble for Miss Spencer and Williams when a romance develops between them.
As far a romantic musical comedies goes this is not the best nor the worst. It is, however, a good opportunity to see the legendary Carmen Miranda sing, dance and shake her fruit. The rest of the cast are also positively showcased and do a good job in their roles. The musical numbers, which are definitely the highlights of the film, are fun and are accompanied by wonderful brightly coloured costumes. This version of the film has been digitally remastered and as such, it looks better than ever. The film is worth it if you are a fan of fluffy musicals.
-Marquee musicals: Weekend in Havana, Daddy Long Legs and Pin Up Girl