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. Written by
A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys !
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Did You Know?
The original Broadway production of "Key Largo" by Maxwell Anderson
opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on November 27, 1939 and ran for 105 performances. The original stage cast includes Paul Muni
, Uta Hagen
and the Broadway debut of character actor James Gregory
. See more
During the confrontation between Rocco and Nora (after his shave), the scratch mark from Nora changes sides of Rocco's face. See more
When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.
Referenced in The Black Mirror
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Claire Trevor See more