Key Largo (1948) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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 Brian Greenhalgh
  • A few years after the end of World War II, Frank McCloud travels to the Florida Keys to visit the family of one of the men he commanded. The dead soldier's father, James Temple, runs a hotel in Key Largo with the help of his now widowed daughter-in-law Nora. He arrives in the heat of summer to find the hotel closed for the season but occupied by a group of shady characters. McCloud and the Temples take an instant liking to each other. The hotel has been rented for a week by none other than mobster Johnny Rocco who was deported from the US some 8 years before but has returned via Cuba to complete a business transaction with his old partners in crime. As a hurricane descends on Key Largo, tempers flare leading McCloud to protect the Temples from the threat that Rocco and his hoods pose.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • 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.

    - Written by Anonymous


The film opens with an aerial scene of the Florida Keys in the 1940s. Scrolling text says: At the southernmost point of the United States are the Florida Keys...

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