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Key Largo
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
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John Huston
Humphrey Bogart as Frank McCloud
John Rodney as Deputy Clyde Sawyer
Claire Trevor as Gaye Dawn
William Haade as Ralph Feeney
Thomas Gomez as Richard 'Curly' Hoff
Monte Blue as Sheriff Ben Wade
Dan Seymour as Angel Garcia
Marc Lawrence as Ziggy
Lauren Bacall as Nora Temple
Edward G. Robinson as Johnny Rocco
Lionel Barrymore as James Temple
Harry Lewis as Edward 'Toots' Bass
Storyline: 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.
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Claustrophobic; strong performances
This movie has all the right ingredients, but falls down if "movie claustrophobia" bothers you. And that's the one real negative here. Almost all of the action takes place in one or two rooms of an old hotel, with occasional brief scenes outside to remind you you're at the Florida Keys and/or that there's a hurricane. Only the first 5 minutes of the film and the last 15 take place outside those couple of rooms at the hotel. As a result, there are times that it seems like an overly-talkative film with less action than you would expect from a team of actors including Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. I had the same feeling when watching "The Petrified Forest" -- too much like a stage play.

However, once you get past that "movie claustrophobia", there's lots to like here. Overall, the story is a good one. World War II has ended and ex-soldier Humphrey Bogart travels to Key Largo to visit the father (Lionel Barrymore) and wife (Lauren Bacall) of a soldier-friend who was killed in a battle. Barrymore and Bacall own an old hotel on Key Largo, and they unknowingly rented the place to a mobster (Edward G. Robinson) and his thugs who are waiting there for a counterfeit deal to take place. Robinson is an Italian mobster who was thrown out of the country, but hoping to return, and appears to currently be based in Cuba. Robinson is somewhat sadistic, particularly toward Bacall and his alcoholic ex-girlfriend (Claire Trevor). While waiting for the counterfeiters, a hurricane strikes, making things all the more tense. Once the deal goes down, Bogie is forced to sail the thugs back to Cuba. Will they make it, or will Bogie thwart them and return to fall in love with Bacall? This is a strong performance by Humphrey Bogart as a sort of anti-hero who seems to be balancing the need to be wise and not cowardly in dealing with the mobsters. A problem here is that Robinson shots him in the stomach several times in one scene, but the gun misfires or is not loaded. Why? One might say that Edward G. Robinson "eats up the scenery" as mobster Johnny Rocco. Another strong performance...or is it stereotypical of the era? If it is the latter, I'd prefer to blame it on the director, rather than Robinson.

Lauren Bacall doesn't sizzle here...that would have been inappropriate. She's rather docile, and as a result less interesting than in her other film encounters with Bogart. But the role didn't call for sizzling; it called for a grieving wife.

I'm not sure that Lionel Barrymore's character was appropriate, either. With his mouth, I would have expected him to be the first to be killed by Robinson. But again, Barrymore didn't write the script or direct the film, so I'll not blame him. Barrymore made 6 films after this, and was alive for 6 more years, but he looked very unwell and surprisingly fat in this film.

Perhaps the best acting in the picture is by Claire Trevor as the alcoholic Gaye Dawn. The key to her Oscar winning supporting role was that she was careful not to overact her drunkenness, and as a result she gains the sympathy of the viewer here.

Of the supporting actors, Thomas Gomez as one of the thugs is outstanding, giving a different characterization than one might expect; he was an accomplished character actor. The brash young punk role was played by Harry Lewis; I guess he was "okay". Marc Lawrence was somewhat interesting as one of the counterfeiters. Monte Blue is somewhat interesting as the overwhelmed local sheriff. You'll also recognize Jay Silverheels as one of the Indians in an uncredited role; Silverheels later became the much-beloved Tonto in "The Lone Ranger".

The stage-like nature of this film prevents it from becoming a great film, but it's still quite good and definitely worth a watch.

This viewing I watched the new Blu Ray release. While it's a "good" transfer, I'm not sure it was worth the upgrade from DVD. I've seen much better Blu Rays from the same era.
The film may lack substance and coherence but it is first-rate drama and entertainment…
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."
Terrific Film
Major Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) visits a fallen comrade's family (Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore). They run a hotel that has been taken over by a gang, led by Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson). Rocco and his crew hold the three and a police officer hostage while they wait for a hurricane to pass.

Wonderful film noir classic with phenomenal performances by the entire cast. Claire Trevor deservedly won an Oscar for her part as alcoholic moll. Robinson should've won one too as he's amazing in this. Excellent direction from John Huston from a script by Huston and Richard Brooks, based off of a Maxwell Anderson play that was quite a bit different. A classic film in every sense of the word.
Outstanding film noir!
Key Largo is undoubtedly one of the best film noirs and indeed films of any genre. Memorable characters abound in this classic. Bogart, as had become his screen persona, IS the reluctant hero. Edward G. Robinson is unforgettable as arguably the ultimate gangster (though Bogart himself and James Cagney would undoubtedly contest him for the title). Lauren Bacall's role isn't as prominent as in some of the other films she costarred with Bogart but nevertheless she is more than competent. I think Claire Trevor won a best supporting actress for her role as the lush dame in this film. The rest of the supporting cast is also top notch and is unusually memorable for secondary characters. That's a credit to both the screenwriters and the actors. One of my top twenty films of all time, 10/10.
My Favorite Bogart
I have 4 Humphrey Bogart movies in list of favorites: The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The African Queen and Key Largo. I know that compared to the other three, it is considered a "lesser" work, but it is my favorite Bogart.

I am not going to write about the brilliance of all the performances in Key Large: Lionel Barrymore, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and Claire Trevor. Enough has been said about them all. I wish to concentrate on Bogart and the loneliness of his character in the movie.

Bogart often played damaged characters; i.e., men who had been hurt, badly hurt, at some time in the past. Frank McCloud in Key Largo is one of those characters. He is not a tough guy like Sam Spade or a "sharp" character like Rick. He is a nice man and a very lonely one. Frank has no family, he was an orphan. He was an officer in the war, but the war is over. He has no job, no family and no prospects. He is tired; tired of being alone and tired of the violence of the war.

But Frank has one dream, a borrowed dream. During the war, one of his men often told him stories of his own life with his father and wife and their small hotel in the Florida Keys. It is a tale of family closeness and love, of clean salt air and colorful characters. It is everything Frank has never had in his life. After the war and the death of his friend, Frank has nowhere to go and nothing to look forward to. So he finally drifts to Florida, to this family, to tell them how much he respected and liked his friend.

They, Nora and Father Temple, are very glad to meet Frank. Just as Frank had been told about them, they had been told about Frank in letters sent home from the war.

Into this comes Johnny Rocco and his goons and his moll. Frank is a decorated soldier and a brave man, there are too many innocent lives at stake, Nora and Mr. Temple and even Gaye Dawn, the alcoholic moll. Frank cares about these people, even Gaye, and he does not want them to be hurt and perhaps more than anyone else there, he knows the terrible devastation bullets can wreak on the human body. This sets up the conditions for all the talk while they are trapped by the hurricane. I will not say any more about twists of the plot because I do not want to include spoilers.

Let me just say that in the end, Nora and Father Temple realize that they need Frank as much as Frank needs them. And so Frank is finally able to come home. He finally "has it all ... in Key Largo."

Great movie.

I did not understand movies until I watched this movie. It is sure interaction between the actors/actresses that made me understand what make a movie work.

The ability to see on the screen see Bogart and the character he played at the same time.
"You were right, when your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses."
Repeat viewings of "Key Largo" will only enrich your appreciation of it. The superb cast and directing by John Huston make this a must see film for fans of the 1940 classics, particularly fans of stars Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lauren Bacall.

Bogey and Bacall made four films in a space of four years, this being their final appearance together. Bogey's character, retired Army Major Frank McCloud seeks out the family of a war buddy killed in action. He finds Nora Temple (Bacall) and her father James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) as the owners of a seasonal hotel in Key Largo, and comes to realize that all is not quite right in the serene setting. Bogey's response to an inquisitive Nora Temple is about to be tested - "Life on land has become too complicated for my taste".

Edward G. Robinson's appearance as mobster Johnny Rocco is suitably delayed in the film to build suspense, and he breaks on screen with all of his classic nuance - the sneer, the braggadocio, the "What's with you wise guy?" sarcasm. Rocco suffers from a fall from past glory, a time when he was regarded as "the one and only", a virtual emperor of the crime world. Now he's a two bit hoodlum, holed up in a Key Largo hotel, hoping to cash in on a counterfeit money scam. With him are a coterie of henchmen, and an alcoholic moll superbly portrayed by Claire Trevor, earning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.

Johnny Rocco is desperate to make a mob connection to unload his counterfeit money stash, and refuses to submit to the might of an impending hurricane. Fueling Rocco's desperation is a stoic Bogart - "You don't like it Rocco - the storm; show it your gun why don't ya, if it doesn't stop, shoot it!". Helpless in the face of the coming storm, Rocco's anxiety mounts, and in a tense scene he confronts war hero McCloud by throwing him a gun to force a showdown. But Bogey's not buying it - "One Rocco more or less isn't worth dying for".

In a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation, McCloud must decide to man a boat to Cuba for Rocco's gang to make a getaway. In the one improbable scene of the film, Trevor's Gaye Dawn character secretly maneuvers Rocco's gun away from him and slips it into Bogey's hand, while surrounded by all of the bad guys. How Rocco would not have missed his weapon (until later on the boat) is an element that is not suitably dealt with in the film.

McCloud's resourcefulness while skippering the getaway boat is sheer cunning, taking out one mobster after another with surgical precision. The desperate Johnny Rocco even shoots one of his own men rather than have his authority challenged. McCloud remains silent to Rocco's taunts, causing the gangster to force his own hand and become a target for the heroic McCloud.

As Bogey heads back to port and the hurricane fades, the film ends on a feel good note as Nora Temple opens the shutters of the hotel and the sunlight streams in - all is well in the world again; the symbolism is extraordinary.

Bogey and Robinson appear in four other movies together (Kid Galahad, Brother Orchid, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, and Bullets or Ballots), but this is the only one in which they share equal footing, Robinson cast in the lead role in the other films over Bogart. For Robinson fans, the Clitterhouse film is a blast and is recommended to see him in an offbeat role.

Another point of interest for film buffs, Jay Silverheels appears in an uncredited role as Tom Osceola, one of the Seminole Indian brothers on the lam from the law in the movie's back story. For an actor as typecast as Silverheels (Tonto in the Lone Ranger), it's always a pleasant surprise and treat to see in an entirely different setting.

"Key Largo" ranks right up there with "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The Maltese Falcon", and perhaps just a notch below "Casablanca" among Bogart's finest films, and a true classic worthy of the name.
Good flick for group therapists
Key Largo's approximately may favorite movie, give or take an Apocalypse Now here or a Casablanca there. Bogart is a WWII vet paying a visit to the widow (Bacall) & father (Barrymore) of a dead soldier, late under Bogie's command.

Crooks have taken over the hotel for a week during this tourist off-season, evidently awaiting a fellow mug who'll relieve the gang of its stash, counterfeit money. Edw. G. Robinson is Johnny Rocco, gang executive, who's now back in the USA illegally, years after he was deported.

Movie is a great study in the breakdown of group relations: gang members @each other's throats; aimless Bogie's ambiguous relations with Bacall & Barrymore characters. All while anticipating the hurricane.

Along the way, Bacall realizes that Bogie character was the real hero of the battle, not her late husband. & They realize that Rocco was deported years ago. Review the scene where hoods tease Pop Temple ("Stand your ground!"): Barrymore had been disabled with arthritis for years when the scene calls for him to get up, take a swing @Rocco, & fall down. Also note simmering disdain betw. Ziggy & Rocco ("No more blasting away at each other!"). It's pretty intense cinema.

Anybody notice that the shootout on the boat is more or less a recreation of the battle on that hill in Italy?: Bogie alone, against the forces of evil. The last scene, with Bacall throwing open the curtains, is still a tearjerker for me.

Stellar cast includes Thomas Gomez as Curly ("Hotel Central. We're all together."), Harry Lewis as Toots ("It's guaranteed for life."), the incredible Claire Trevor as gang moll Gay Dawn ("How 'bout a drink? It'll help chase the blues away."), Monte "Ming the Merciless" Blue as Sheriff Wade, & Dan Seymour as Angel: he was also the doorkeeper @Rick's in Casablanca. Jay Silverheels (Tonto in the TV series The Lone Ranger) is Tom Osceola.
One of Bogie's best, but it's Edward G.'s movie....
Key Largo would be the perfect film for someone who had never seen or heard

of either Humphrey Bogart or Edward G. Robinson to get a primer lesson on the charisma and screen presence of both of these great screen legends.

The premise of the film is as follows: Bogart's character, Frank McCloud, is an ex-GI returning from World War II . McCloud is anxious to meet the wife and

father of his fallen soldier friend. This leads McCloud to a hotel in the Florida Keys run by the widow, Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and her father-in-law

James Temple (the always excellent Lionel Barrymore, perhaps most familiar to moviegoers as the evil Mr. Potter in Frank Capra's 'It's A Wonderful Life').

Things seem slightly off-kilter from the moment McCloud (Bogie) walks into the hotel. An alcoholic woman, loud and obnoxious, crowds the hotel bar and is

handled roughly by a couple of strange men who apparently are guests at the

same hotel. McCloud takes this all in but remains distant from all of these

characters. McCloud meets the invalid owner Mr. Temple (Barrymore) and his

daughter-in-law Nora Temple (Bacall). There is some immediate chemistry

between McCloud and the widow Temple.

Unbeknowst to both the Temples and McCloud two huge problems are looming

in their immediate futures shortly after their initial meeting. First, a hurricane of tremendous force is poised to strike the Keys and their hotel in a matter of hours. Secondly, and what drives the plot of this film, a supposedly deported big-time gangster, Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) is the guest who makes his

identity and motives known shortly before the hurricane arrives.

The previously mentioned alcoholic woman at the bar is Gaye Dawn (Claire

Trevor), Rocco's girlfriend. An ex-nightclub singer whom time has not been kind to, Miss Dawn sacrifices her dignity at even the slightest opportunity to get a drink.

The strange men at the bar turn out to be Rocco's henchmen.

McCloud (Bogart) knows who Rocco (Robinson) is, and while he won't directly

challenge the gangster, McCloud takes no small delight in playing mind games

on Rocco.

The scenes in the hotel between all of these diverse characters really are the highlight of this film. Even though Rocco and his gang are holding McCloud and the Temples hostage you get the definite impression that McCloud has the

upper hand psychologically and that things will eventually go bad for Rocco.

Bogart is fantastic. His nuanced portrayal of a basically decent non-committal drifter fits hand in glove with Bogart's reluctant hero screen persona. This is Edward G. Robinson's movie though. His performance as ruthless but paranoid

mobster Johnny Rocco is one of, if not his very best screen role. Claire Trevor is great as tragic moll Gaye Dawn. Trevor won an Oscar for Best Supporting

Actress for her acting in this film. Lauren Bacall is good but really doesn't have to do much heavy lifting, acting wise in this film. Lionel Barrymore is great, a crusty old curmudgeon with a huge heart for those he cares for.

This is a great movie and a wonderful opportunity to see some screen legends

at the top of their respective games.
Tensions mount as a hurricane bares down on Key Largo
When WWII veteran Major Frank McCloud goes to a hotel on Key Largo to pay his respects to the father and widow of one of his former comrades, George Temple, who died in Italy he doesn't expect quite such an unfriendly welcome. When he goes in he is told that the hotel is closed for the season by a group who claim to be there to do some fishing. It isn't long before Frank and the Temples learn the truth about the 'guests'. They are gangster Johnny Rocco and his henchman; who are waiting to sell their illicit merchandise. Trapped in the hotel with armed gangsters inside and a hurricane raging outside things are about to get very dangerous!

This Humphrey Bogart classic raises the tension nicely from the moment Frank enters the hotel until the final confrontation. Bogart is great as the laconic Frank and Edward G. Robinson is suitably villainous as Rocco; a man who is brave with a gun in his hand but cowardly in the face of real danger. Leading lady Lauren Bacall puts in a decent performance as Nora Temple but it is Claire Trevor who stands out as Rocco's Moll Gaye Dawn; a woman desperate for a drink. Most of the film displays its theatrical roots as it is set almost entirely within two rooms in the hotel; this is no bad thing though as it serves to provide a sense of claustrophobia… these people aren't going anywhere till the storm subsides. For the most part there is little real violence but there is enough to maintain a sense of danger without ever being really disturbing… this was of course made before people suffering from gunshot wounds bled in films!

If you are a fan of Bogart this film is obviously a must see but even if you aren't it is well worth watching; it may be sixty five years old but apart from the odd word of slang hardly feels dated at all and the rules of the time mean there is no swearing or bloody violence which means there is nothing to offend anybody. If you thing old movies are boring or black and white can't be exciting give this a go… you might change your mind.
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