We Were Strangers (1949): John Huston’s Political Adventure Drama, starring Jennifer Jones and John Garfield

John Huston directed We Were Strangers, a political adventure drama, starring Jennifer Jones and John Garfield.

Set in 1933, the film concerns a group of revolutionaries attempting to overthrow the Cuban government of Gerardo Machado.

Loosely  based on episode in Robert Sylvester’s novel Rough Sketch, the story draws the political violence that led to the overthrow of Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado y Morales in 1933.

In 1932, the violent opposition group the ABC (abecedarios) assassinated the President of the Cuban Senate Clemente Vazquez Bello. They had constructed a tunnel to reach the Vazquez family crypt in Havana’s Colón Cemetery and planted an explosive device there, anticipating that Machado would attend the funeral. But the plan failed when the family decided to bury Vazquez elsewhere.