Key Largo

1948

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 31629

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Lauren Bacall as Nora Temple
Humphrey Bogart as Frank McCloud
Lionel Barrymore as James Temple
Edward G. Robinson as Johnny Rocco
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Reviewed by Vimacone 8 / 10

The Return Of Caesar

The gangster film had significantly changed since the mid-30's as did the roles of the actors that originally portrayed them. Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, and James Cagney had played different and more complex roles, which were often more savory characters than the ones that made them famous.

Key Largo seems reminiscent of THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1936), which also starred Humphrey Bogart, but in a reverse role. Both are about a disillusioned traveler caught up in a hostage situation during adverse weather conditions.

Edward G. Robinson continues to play the ruthless sociopathic gangster that made him famous in LITTLE CAESAR. While he was usually entertaining in the older roles, here he is a more threatening and convincing menace. I find it remarkable how effectively he was able to portray those type of characters which were reportedly in sharp contrast to his real life persona.

There are so many twists and turns in the story, that the first time viewers are never quite sure how the story will turn out or what will happen to the characters. (SPOILER: I am glad that Bogie's character was spared, unlike the characters of that type like in THE PETRIFIED FOREST or BULLETS OR BALLOTS).

This is an excellent thriller that will leave the viewer on the edge of their seat. A classic that has aged very well.

Reviewed by frankwiener 8 / 10

The Big Blow

While other reviewers found this film to be "claustrophobic", I never shared that sensation, thanks mostly to the opening, aerial shots of the bus on the Overseas Highway, to the quick moving script by director John Huston and Richard Brooks, and to the stellar performances of most of the cast, including Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, and Thomas Gomez. I would add Lauren Bacall to that list were it not for her subdued character who not-so-subtly eyed the commanding officer of her deceased husband at every opportunity from start to finish. I much preferred her as Irene Jansen in the grossly under-rated "Dark Passage", my favorite Bogie-Bacall film out of the series of four.

Disillusioned as a drifter after World War II, Frank McCloud (Bogart) visits the Florida Keys hotel belonging to the wheelchair bound father (Barrymore) of his Army buddy and subordinate. At the "historic" hotel, he not only finds a very lonely Nora Temple (Bacall), the widow of the same buddy, but a bunch of nasty, despicable criminals, led by notorious gangster Johnny Rocco (Robinson). Having taken over the establishment, they hold the father and his daughter-in-law hostage. He also discovers Rocco's washed up, alcoholic but fair-minded moll (Trevor in an Oscar winning role), a couple of brothers from a local Seminole tribe on the run from the law, and a powerful, deadly hurricane speeding rapidly toward them all. When the skipper of the hoodlums' boat decides to flee from the impending storm without their knowledge, the thugs decide that only McCloud, an experienced seaman, has the ability to ferry them and their criminal affairs to Havana. While McCloud passes once on the opportunity to kill the detestable Rocco at the hotel, will he forego a second chance in spite of the enormous odds stacked against him as he stands alone and outnumbered against the entire gang on the boat far at sea? Find out for yourselves.

And what was Johnny Rocco repeatedly whispering in the ear of Nora Temple that revolted her so? As viewers, we will never know for sure, but it must have been very depraved and disgusting. We can only imagine. As Lionel says with much loathing, "You filth!"

Reviewed by Horst in Translation ([email protected]) 6 / 10

Key to goodness, not greatness

"Key Largo" is an American 100-minute movie from 1948, so this one will have its 70th anniversary next year. At this age, it is of course a black-and-white (sound) film. It is one of the more known works from the film noir genre and also by writer and director John Huston, who scored one of his many Oscar nominations for his work here briefly before winning twice in the same year. The main character is played by the legendary Humphrey Bogart, a man returning to a hotel to talk to a fellow soldier's girl about her late love and also to meet an old friends. But he finds a great deal of trouble there as gangsters have gained control over the place. As a result of that, almost the entire film is a hostage situation and with all the trouble inside, things outside are not looking much better as a dangerous hurricane is moving closer and closer.

Bogart does a solid job overall, but it is a character that is not too demanding. The biggest letdown is Bacall here though, who already married to Bogart at that point. She plays the widow and honestly the film would have been the exact same without her, maybe even better as that moment when she looks at Bogart during the song is a bit cringeworthy. Shouldn't she be mourning her man instead? In general, the film lacks shades quite a bit. The characters are either 100% good people or 100% bad people with the exception of Claire Trevor. This may also have helped her in winning her Oscar here as she plays a character who is relatively close to the gangsters' boss, but has turned into a wreck of her former self because of alcohol, smoking and gambling. The moment she sings is only a brief return to her former glory days as she really only does it to get some booze as a reward. She really is the only one with some character development as we see her beg her boss not to leave her behind, but then she quickly becomes one of the good guys at the very end. This also shows that she wasn't really evil, but just a victim of her situation. I still have to see many more 1948 films to decide if she really is the best from that year.

It's either her who is the most interesting character here or Edward G. Robinson's who dreams of bringing back the old days of crime and becoming truly influential again. But it is obvious he is really only strong thanks to his gun and has nothing that makes him an even match for Bogart's character. Even his henchmen do not seem to take him seriously all the time and maybe they still are the aftermath of the old days, but you can see them drifting apart too. Maybe it is the great deal of screen time and the question if he was lead or supporting that kept Robinson here from becoming an Oscar nominee too. A bit of a pity. As for the film itself, I would not rate it as highly as it stands here on IMDb, but it was a fairly interesting and tense watch from start to finish. Definitely worth checking out for those who love the old days of Hollywood, even if they probably did already. So maybe it is actually a good start for those who want to find out if this era in filmmaking is to their liking. It's a thumbs-up and I suggest you go for it.

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