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
WHERE MEN IN HIDING WAITED...WITH READY GUN! (original print ad - all caps)
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When Johnny Rocco racks the slide of his semi-automatic pistol and then holds it to Frank McCloud's belly and repeatedly pulls the trigger, a loud click is heard every time he pulls the trigger. However, a semi-auto pistol can only release the cocked firing pin when the slide is racked, a shot is fired, or the hammer is pulled back. None of those occurred after the first trigger pull. See more
You'd give your left arm to nail me wouldn't you? I could see the headlines now, 'Local Deputy Captures Johnny Rocco'. Your picture'd be in all the papers. You might even get to tell on the newsreels how you pulled if off, yeah. Listen hick, I was too much for any big city police force to handle. It took the United States Government to pin a rap on me. And they won't make it stick. You hick, I'll be back pulling strings to get guys elected mayor and governor before you get a ten buck raise.
Referenced in Masters of Sex: Blackbird
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by Claire Trevor See more