The legendary Alec Guinness stars in this 1959 comedy-thriller as vacuum-cleaner salesman Jim Wormold, who lives with his daughter, Milly, in Havana, Cuba, and has been running his business out of there. When things take a turn for the worse, Jim accepts the British Secret Service's offer to become an inside man and establish an elaborate network of agents throughout Cuba. Of course, it doesn't take long for Jim to become a target for some less-than-savory people. Guinness shines in this tensely funny movie adapted by Graham Greene from his own novel.
A vacuum cleaner salesman (Alec Guinness) is recruited by the British secret service to act as a spy in Havana. When Guinness sends off phony reports, "recruits" mysterious agents and "discovers" mysterious installations, the home office decides to send him some help in the form of an agent named Beatrice.