A movie Hollywood will never make – corrected

Please scroll down and read  Humberto Fontova’s comment on my misinformed post.  I’m guilty of being too trusting and not doing enough research. Due to the late hour, I have not yet had a chance to contact the author, a good friend,  but I have no doubt of his good intent.  Meanwhile,  I apologize to our readers for my lapse, and especially to anyone who may have been caused any distress by this whitewash  of a butcher.   I’ve removed the photo as well.  A huge thanks to Humberto for his restrained, informative  comment setting myself and the record straight.  



Someone should put this epic story of love and betrayal up on the big screen.  It’s one hell of a story, and it’s true.

Check out Joe Lima’s “El Curioso Caso de William Morgan” at Big Hollywood.


3 thoughts on “A movie Hollywood will never make – corrected”

  1. Ziva,

    That’s a great essay by Joe Lima. As he says, if Morgan had been fighting Pinochet instead of castro, Hollywood would have made it movie a long time ago. In fact, it would be up to a remake by now!

    Sadly, there are only a few good movies that have been made about Cuba and its plight under the castro tyranny, and they have all been independent movies made of course without Hollywood funding. The best being Julian Schnabel’s “Before Night Falls,” and while that extraordinary film worthy of a Best Movie Award was honored in Europe with all types of awards, the Golden Globes and Oscars snubbed it here in the USA. NO SURPRISE THERE.

    But alas, it is probably best that Hollywood doesn’t touch the Morgan story. I shiver to think of what they would do with it: undoubtedly, they would make Morgan a CIA mercenary and his wife a shameless “rightwinged” batistiana. This would be set up against the backdrop of a miserable backwards country overpopulated by an oppressed third-world type people governed by the United Fruit Company.

    No, it’s best that they leave it alone.

  2. If they learned about Morgan, Hollywood just might jump on it! That’s him second from the right, next to his chum E.G. Menoyo:


    A fervent early Castroite, Morgan applauded Che’s firing squad orgies against “Batistianos,” as he took up residence in a huge mansion and drove a huge car stolen from “Batistianos.” (not bad for an AWOL GI, ex-con and polygamist whose American wife was on his tail for child support when he married a Cuban Woman) Morgan in fact helped send many of Cuba’s first Freedom-Fighters to La Cabana himself. He betrayed Cuba’s first anti-Castro rebellion in August ’59, (either as a Castro agent from the get-go, or as a turncoat when he heard Castro was hip to the plotting.) Hundreds of Anti-communist Cubans were arrested and sent to La Cabana, one was Roberto Martin Perez, the longest suffering political prisoner alive today and a fervent Republican activist. Such a CV means that both the NY Times and NPR have good things to say about William Morgan. So I wouldn’t think Hollywood should be far behind.

  3. Che Guevara was in charge of La Cabana’s firing squads from Jan. ’59 till July ’59–during which time William Morgan was a proud and active Castroite, helping send anti-Communist Cubans to La Cabana.

    If you consider Che “un asesino!” but Morgan “un hero!”– your logic is certainly commonplace, but mostly found on the same side of the political aisle as Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel, which is to say: it’s not logic at all, but typical leftist illusion.

    Sure, Morgan died bravely, as I documented in my own books. But no more bravely than hundreds of those he helped send to La Cabana. And these hadn’t betrayed their anti-communist comrades, as Morgan did.

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