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Key Largo (1948)

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Key Largo (1948)

John Huston’s wayward talent seldom lacked energy. He takes this theatrical thriller set in a hotel in the Florida Keys by the scruff of the neck and, without opening it up needlessly, creates a dramatic flow that overcomes the wordiness.

Humphrey Bogart plays a disillusioned Army major who arrives at the hotel run by the widow (Lauren Bacall) of one of his men. He’s had enough of fighting but, being Bogart, won’t stand for the little Hitler (Robinson) and his gangsters who act like they own the place. Claire Trevor is outstanding as the boozy mistress of the despicable gang leader.

Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, Dan Seymour, William Haade, Monte Blue, John Rodney, Rodd Redwing, Jay Silverheels, Alberto Morin, Marc Lawrence, Pat Flaherty, Jerry Jerome, John Phillips, Beulah Archuletta, John Litel

Director:  John Huston
Producer:  Jerry Wald
Original Music Composer: Max Steiner
Cinematography: Karl Freund Running Time: 100 minutes
Released 16 July 1948

Genres:  Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country:  United States of America
Production Companies:  Warner Bros. Pictures

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