Television: High Wind in Havana

"On a romantic and starry night like this, it's hard to keep your mind on your business," said Steve Allen, sticking to the script as he peered into the Havana sky last week. The sky was overcast and black, and a chilly wind sent wavelets across the swimming pool at the Havana Riviera Hotel, where NBC was beaming its first major live production over the horizon from Cuba to the U.S.

For the hour-long occasion, the Steve Allen Show reconnoitered the place two months in advance, airlifted a cast and crew of 50 (plus ten...

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