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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Did You Know?
The character of Gaye Dawn (Claire Trevor
) was based on real-life moll Gay Orlova (gangster Lucky Luciano
's girlfriend), believed at that time to have been executed by a German firing squad. Orlova survived, however, and was known to be living in Paris as late as 1954, trying to join Luciano in Italy. See more
As Frank and Nora are returning from tying up the boat, you can see the water lapping against the backdrop behind them (audience right). See more
Deputy Clyde Sawyer
Down in the lobby, I ran up against these two.
[indicates Toots and Curly
Deputy Clyde Sawyer
Well, they didn't look right to me, so I asked them a few questions. By the way they answered me, I knew there was something fishy. So I put in a call to Ben Wade, but before I could get through, the lights went out on me. I woke up in there. Rocco was standing over me. I recognized him right away from the pictures. I made a break for the door, and the lights went out again.
I'm the electrician.
Featured in Bullets Over Hollywood
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Claire Trevor See more