Key Largo 1948

Humphrey Bogart … Frank McCloud
Edward G. Robinson … Johnny Rocco
Lauren Bacall … Nora Temple
Lionel Barrymore … James Temple
Claire Trevor … Gaye Dawn

Thomas Gomez … Richard ‘Curly’ Hoff
Harry Lewis … Edward ‘Toots’ Bass
John Rodney … Deputy Clyde Sawyer
Marc Lawrence … Ziggy
Dan Seymour … Angel Garcia
Monte Blue … Sheriff Ben Wade
William Haade … Ralph Feeney

Runtime: 100 min.

Frank McCloud travels to a run-down hotel on Key Largo to honor the memory of a friend who died bravely in his unit during WW II. His friend’s widow, Nora Temple, and wheelchair bound father, James Temple manage the hotel and receive him warmly, but the three of them soon find themselves virtual prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a mob of gangsters led by Johnny Rocco who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane. Mr. Temple strongly reviles Rocco but due to his infirmities can only confront him verbally. Having become disillusioned by the violence of war, Frank is reluctant to act, but Rocco’s demeaning treatment of his alcoholic moll, Gaye Dawn, and his complicity in the deaths of some innocent Seminole Indians and a deputy sheriff start to motivate McCloud to overcome his Hamlet-like inaction. Enjoy!


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Rating: 4.8/5 (6 votes cast)
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  1. Ashla says:

    Robinson’s character is so interesting in this film. He’s built up as this great gangster, but we see that he’s aged quite a bit in his time away from the States, and is now egocentric yet highly insecure and even feeble at times. I can’t decide overall whether I feel like this complexity enhances the film or not. I almost think it could have been more thrilling in a way with a cold-blooded, mastermind villain more like Alan Arkin’s character in _Wait Until Dark_; but it can’t be denied that Robinson plays the character well.

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