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Key Largo -- Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall ignite in this story of a war veteran who finds himself in a deadly fight against gangsters who have taken over a hotel during a tropical storm.
Key Largo -- A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.


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Release Date:
31 July 1948 (USA) See more »
A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys ! See more »
A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beulah Archuletta ... Passenger on Bus (uncredited)
Luther Crockett ... Ziggy's Henchman #1 (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... The Traveler (uncredited)
Felipa Gómez ... Old Indian Woman (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Ziggy's Henchman #2 (uncredited)

John Litel ... Dispatcher (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Skipper of Rocco's Boat (uncredited)
John Phillips ... Ziggy's Henchman #3 (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... John Osceola (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Tom Osceola (uncredited)
Joe P. Smith ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Maxwell Anderson (based on the play by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Betty Delmont .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Budd Friend .... props (uncredited)
George Sweeney .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Everett Dexter .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... second camera (uncredited)
Burt Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lee Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Marie Blanchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Jean Baker .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:6 (original rating) | South Korea:15 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #12932) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The film version of "Key Largo" has very little to do with Maxwell Anderson's original play. All the characters in the play had their names changed in the film version. This was very unusual for a play written by Anderson, who was then one of the most highly regarded American playwrights, and whose best-known plays had, on the whole, been filmed faithfully.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Johnny Rocco:After living in the USA for more than thirty-five years they called me an undesirable alien. Me. Johnny Rocco. Like I was a dirty Red or something!See more »
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28 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 4 April 2004
Author: bluenotejazz

Obviously someone below couldn't tell a well directed, highly regarded classic film the likes of Key Largo from a Turkey Sandwich - but thanks for the remedial effort nonetheless.

This movie doesn't get the attention of a Casablanca or a Maltese Falcon, but it's definitely one to see - and not just for the giants on the screen. The build up of tension between the main characters is set well against the backdrop of the impending storm seemingly threatening to cave their hotel in literally and figuratively. Frank's character arc from jaded passiveness to the restrained heroism he is inescapably drawn towards has been seen in other Bogie characters, but usually those guys were either willing participants on the trigger end of their guns, or they were fulfilling their own agendas as well. However Frank McCloud has no ulterior motives. Here, there is a refreshing change from the usual Bogie-isms; Frank doesnt engage in any verbal bravado with Rocco, there are no confident smirks on his face, or promises to 'get even' later.

As for Barrymore, he was just simply an acting genius. Look no further than the scene with him getting out of his wheelchair in a futile attempt to fight Rocco as proof. Fantastic. E.G. Robinson delivers his vitriol so well on-screen, you cant help but hate his guts and wait for his come-uppance. Both Barrymore and EGR were great at delivering speeches - extended lines of dialogue while 'flying solo' - you can almost here the room go quiet as they worked the script. Lauren Bacall's chemistry with her Husband was so natural and unforced, even the scenes with no dialogue show how much they were in love - albeit true she doesnt exactly carry the workload in this one.

Some of the scenes with the Indians seem a little odd, but it still works in the context of the entire movie. Don't overlook this great film!

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