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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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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 July 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys ! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The film may lack substance and coherence but it is first-rate drama and entertainment… See more (150 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Bus Passenger (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)

Billy Wilkerson ... Bus Passenger (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:A (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)

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Trivia:
When Lauren Bacall had problems playing her straight leading lady role, John Huston twisted her arm to get some emotion into her face.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rocco is getting a shave he tells Rocco 'That's enough of that" but still has a lot of shaving cream on the side of his face and a big spot missed. When he looks in the mirror he is completely clean shaven.See more »
Quotes:
[Rocco is showing strain at the height of the hurricane's force]
Frank McCloud:You don't like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don't you? If it doesn't stop, shoot it.
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Soundtrack:
Moanin' LowSee more »

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41 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
The film may lack substance and coherence but it is first-rate drama and entertainment…, 7 April 2005

It is difficult to resist the temptation to compare William Wyler's "The Desperate Hours" with John Huston's "Key Largo."

Here again the drama arose when a gangster and his thugs sought a temporary hideout by moving in on an innocent family, and were unable to get away until a raging hurricane had blown itself out…

The family were Lionel Barrymore, complete with wheelchair, and Lauren Bacall, apparently without make-up—stunningly attractive… Their home was a small hotel in Florida, and "just passing through" was a tough and somewhat mixed-up good guy Humphrey Bogart… The gangster was Edward G. Robinson…

For Bogart "Key Largo" was another "The Petrified Forest," but this time he was the disenchanted idealist and Edward G. Robinson the vicious, antiquated symbol of raw brute force…

Paul Muni had appeared in the original Maxwell Anderson play in 1939, and director John Huston and Richard Brooks updated the piece to make it more contemporary… As a film, it was treated in a slightly heavy-handed, overly talky manner, displacing action in favor of strong character studies of a group of disparate individuals trapped by a kingpin gangster…

Claire Trevor won an Academy Award as Gaye Dawn, Rocco's boozy mistress who was willing to lower herself to any depths for the mere expedient of getting a drink… She is finally pushed too far by Rocco, has accepted too many insults and been rejected once too often, so she decides to help the besieged prisoners…

Lauren Bacall was Nora Temple, an antiseptic dreamer who persisted in believing that evil should always be opposed by a valiant Sir Galahad and temporarily has her illusions shattered when Bogart apparently doesn't agree to fit into her mold…

As Bacall's grandfather, Lionel Barrymore was another heroic figure who, could afford to be a verbal hero, knowing that a retreat to the safety of his confining wheelchair could protect him…

Edward G. Robinson as Rocco was a mass of contradictions… Brutal with a gun safely in his hand, dreaming of the glories he once knew in the good old days when he was a big shot, all he has left are the memories… He was a man whose criminal wisdom permits no ethics and few feelings… He offers Bogart an empty gun to shoot it out with him... He is also a man afraid, who sweats when the hurricane approaches and poses a threat to his safety... He detests Bogart because of his wartime heroism, mocking and taunting him because his courage is something differing in Rocco's own unheroic life…

As war hero Frank McCloud, Bogart was the most complex character of all… Disillusioned, tired of his war-induced killings, unwilling to risk himself in any new test of courage ("One Rocco more or less isn't worth dying for"), he is now a complacent shadow of his former noble self… He, like Barrymore, seeks an idyllic world where "there's no place for Johnny Rocco." However, his pattern has been too well established… He, like Claire Trevor, can be pushed only so far and then reason and restraint seem no longer acceptable as an alternative to action…

With such a cast "Key Largo" could not fall to hold the attention… Yet, for all its workmanlike craft, it did not reach the level of Wyler's "The Desperate Hours." Bogart, as a disillusioned war veteran who could not rouse himself to action until the last few minutes, left one frustrated: looking for the vicious power that he was to show as the gangster in the later film…

Edward G. Robinson, commanding, convincing, was still not so coldly frightening a villain as Humphrey Bogart… And, one can imagine how the idea of the storming hurricane appealed at the time… The violence and the drama outside, as the wind tore at the palm trees and the waves threatened to swallow the little wooden hotel, would surely underscore and heighten the tensions within... Not so! And not only because the studio storm was not always up to nature's level...

What William Wyler realized was that the suspense of innocence trapped as hostages by wickedness was vastly heightened by the contrast with a quiet, undramatic, everyday setting… No hurricane was needed to put the desperation in "The Desperate Hours."

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