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
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Actor Harry Lewis went on to open the popular Hamburger Hamlet chain, which he sold in 1987 for $29 million. He passed away at age 93 in 2013. See more
Frank, Nora, Mr. Temple and the gangsters are in the hotel's big hall (which is downstairs) when the phone rings, Curly takes it, and then they draw their guns. Then comes a brief dialogue between Rocco and Curly, but when we return to the party, we see them in a little living room upstairs, without having knowledge of them being carried there.(Perhaps intentionally made by the producer). See more
Hey Curly, what all happens in a hurricane?
The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land.
And singin' this song: Rain rain, go away, little Ralphie wants to play.
Referenced in Luonteita: Renny Harlin
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Claire Trevor See more