KEY LARGO

Director John Huston
Year 1948
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor
Run Time 100min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 35mm as part of the series BOGART & BACALL.

Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) travels to an island in the Florida Keys to visit the widow (Lauren Bacall) of a war buddy. At the hotel where he stays, he meets crass gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson), who has temporarily taken over the hotel. Deeds and tempers flare as a hurricane builds outside.

Like the similarly sweaty, claustrophobic 12 ANGRY MEN, KEY LARGO is a rare adaptation of a stage play (by Maxwell Anderson) in which the physical constraints of the stagebound source material are a strength rather than a weakness. Robinson is mesmerizing as the one-time crime czar Rocco, There was little doubt that the character was modeled on Al Capone, who retired to Florida and died there of complications due to advanced syphillis a year before this film was produced. In her autobiography, By Myself, Lauren Bacall recalls KEY LARGO as "one of the happiest movie experiences. I thought how marvelous a medium the movies were!" A tense and atmospheric classic with the sparks flying between Bogart and Bacall!

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