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Key Largo (Keepcase) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor

Key Largo (Keepcase) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor

Why Buy A Key Largo (Keepcase) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor?
John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) directed this smart thriller about a gangster (Edward G. Robinson) who holds a number of people hostage in a hotel in the Florida Keys during a tropical storm. Humphrey Bogart is the returning war veteran who takes on the villains, and Lauren Bacall is on hand as one of the people on the wrong end of Robinsons gun. Somewhat similar in tone to Howard Hawkss To Have and Have Not (which also featured Bogart and Bacall), this moody movie captures a certain despair offset by the bond between individuals united by common purpose. Claire Trevor won an Academy Award for her part as Robinsons alcoholic girlfriend. –Tom Keogh

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Typical Bogart…strong & silent….Bacall is steady and believeable…

What do you say about Edward G….my opinion he steals the movie…


taut drama with lots of suspense
Key Largo is easily one of the best films from the 1940s. The plot moves along at a very good pace and although I had an idea of how things might turn out it still held my attention every step of the way. The cinematography works well and the choreography was especially good in the scenes filmed in the hotel during the hurricane. The casting was terrific and it resulted in some very convincing acting.

When the action starts, we quickly meet former Major Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) who is on his way to Key Largo. Frank wants to pay a visit to the wife and father of a wartime buddy who died in battle as a man in Frank’s regiment, George Temple. George’s wife Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) is a somewhat aloof woman who hides her innermost feelings; but as the movie progresses we come to know what truly makes her tick. We also get an outstanding performance by Lionel Barrymore as George’s father James Temple who is confined to a wheelchair because of a medical condition.

But once Frank arrives at the hotel he meets more people than just Nora Temple and her father. There’s also the gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) and his thugs holed up at the hotel while they wait for another group of gangsters to make a “transaction.” Richard ‘Curly’ Hoff (Thomas Gomez) has already installed himself as the bartender; and there’s the snooty young kid Edward ‘Toots’ Bass (Harry Lewis) who thinks he’s got the world at his feet. We also meet Johnny’s rather alcoholic girlfriend Gaye Dawn (Claire Trevor).

It isn’t long before the battle lines are drawn, all up against the backdrop of a raging hurricane that mirrors the storm of people clashing inside the hotel. Deputy Clyde Sawyer (John Rodney) gets involved trying to take Johnny and his gang in; and that in and of itself is quite a drama. The main event, however, is the clash between Johnny and Frank. Frank professes not to care about saving the world and ridding it of people like Johnny Rocco–but he doesn’t seem willing to do much about it, at least at first.

Of course, from here the plot can go anywhere. Will Frank ever stand up to Johnny Rocco and his gang–and how will that actually play out? What happens when Johnny insists that Frank take command of a small boat and sail the gangsters to their refuge in Cuba? What about the Native Americans who want safety during the hurricane–will they find it at the hotel? Watch and find out!

In addition, the DVD has the theatrical trailer.

Key Largo is a film you cannot afford to miss. It’s worth every cent you’ll spend on it; this is truly one of the best films of the entire twentieth century. Claire Trevor won a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing the role of Gaye Dawn as well. I highly recommend this film for fans of classic drama and the actors who star in this movie.

Classic Bogie-Bacall flick
Fortunately for me, I saw “Key Largo” right after viewing “The Hurricane” with Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour. While the storm is a lot tamer in “Key Largo,” the drama is more intense.

The story centers around a hotel on the island run by an elderly, disabled man (Lionel Barrymore) and his widowed daughter-in-law (Lauren Bacall). World War II veteran Bogie checks in looking for peace and quiet, but finds neither when a vicious megalomaniac gangster (Edward G. Robinson) arrives with his entourage and takes over in an atmosphere of terror.

A Category 2, or so, hurricane comes and goes, and with the law closing in on him, Robinson decides to escape to Cuba. The only hitch is that he needs Bogie, a seasoned sailor, to get him there. At first Bogie is reluctant, but later he decides for the good of all to get Robinson and his thugs off Key Largo.

This film struck me as unusual in that Bogie plays an unqualified good guy, rather than the bad guy or conflicted characters that I associate with him. His only character flaw is that as a shell-shocked vet, he guards himself with rationalizations until later in the film. “Key Largo” also features an Oscar-winning performance by Claire Trevor, but I feel that Bacall’s effort matched hers in intensity if in a more visceral way. A great drama! Rev. Dennis J. Mercieri

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