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Encyclopedia > Key Largo (film)
Key Largo
Directed by John Huston
Produced by Jerry Wald
Written by Maxwell Anderson (play),
Richard Brooks,
John Huston
Starring Humphrey Bogart
Edward G. Robinson
Lauren Bacall
Lionel Barrymore
Claire Trevor
Marc Lawrence
Chief Tahachee
Music by Max Steiner
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 16, 1948 (NY City)
Running time 101 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Key Largo is a 1948 film starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, and Lionel Barrymore. It was supposedly adapted from Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play, but in reality has very little to do with it, although Anderson's name still appears in the credits. The film was directed by John Huston. Image File history File links Key Largo (movie) 1948 This is a DVD cover. ... Statue of John Huston, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... Jerry Wald, born Jerome Irving Wald (16 September 1911 - 13 July 1962), was a producer and screenwriter for motion pictures and radio shows. ... (James) Maxwell Anderson (15 December 1888 – 28 February 1959) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author, poet, reporter and lyricist, and a founding member of The Playwrights Company (which included, at various times, Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Elmer Rice, Robert E. Sherwood, Sidney Howard, Roger L. Stevens, John F... For the actor, see Richard Brooks (actor) Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912-March 11, 1992) was a Hollywood film writer, director, and (occasionally) producer. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an iconic American actor of legendary fame who retained his legacy after death. ... Edward Goldenberg Robinson (December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor, of Romanian origin. ... Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress. ... Lionel Barrymore Herbert Lionel Blyth (April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American actor of stage, radio and film. ... Trevor in Raw Deal (1948) Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 - April 8, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress, nicknamed Queen of Film Noir because of her many appearances in bad girl” roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. ... Marc Lawrence in This Gun for Hire Marc Lawrence (February 17, 1910 – November 28, 2005), born Max Goldsmith, was an American character actor who specialized in underworld types. ... Chief Tahachee (born 4 March 1904 in James Mill, Arkansas - died June 9, 1978 in San Gabriel, California) was an American-born Old Settler Cherokee Indian who was a stage and film actor, expert horseman, circus and wild west performer, contortionist and firewalker. ... Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (born May 10, 1888 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary; died December 28, 1971 in Hollywood, California) was an Austrian-American composer of music for films. ... Warner Bros. ... July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an iconic American actor of legendary fame who retained his legacy after death. ... Edward Goldenberg Robinson (December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor, of Romanian origin. ... Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress. ... Trevor in Raw Deal (1948) Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 - April 8, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress, nicknamed Queen of Film Noir because of her many appearances in bad girl” roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. ... Lionel Barrymore Herbert Lionel Blyth (April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American actor of stage, radio and film. ... (James) Maxwell Anderson (15 December 1888 – 28 February 1959) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author, poet, reporter and lyricist, and a founding member of The Playwrights Company (which included, at various times, Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Elmer Rice, Robert E. Sherwood, Sidney Howard, Roger L. Stevens, John F...


Trevor won the 1949 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy award for her performance. This page has been protected from editing to deal with vandalism. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Plot

Frank McCloud (Bogart) visits a rundown Florida Keys hotel run by crippled James Temple (Barrymore) and his daughter-in-law Nora (Bacall), widow of Frank's friend from the war. The hotel has been taken over by Johnny Rocco (Robinson) and his gang. Frank is indifferent at first, but Rocco's treatment of his alcoholic mistress Gaye (Trevor) and his hand in the murder of two Indians convinces Frank that Rocco must be stopped. His chance comes when Rocco forces Frank to transport the gang by boat to Cuba. Palm trees in Islamorada The Florida Keys are an archipelago, a string of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. ...


Trivia

  • This was the fourth and final film pairing of married actors Bogart and Bacall.
  • Robinson had always had top billing over Bogart in their previous films together, and for this one, Robinson's name appears to the right of Bogart's, but placed a little higher on the posters and at the beginning of the film to indicate Robinson's near-equal status.
  • Ziggy, one of the gangsters, is played by Marc Lawrence, who made a career playing gangsters.
  • The movie is dramatically changed from the play, in which the gangsters are Mexican banditos, the war in question is the Spanish American war, and Frank is a disgraced deserter who dies at the end.
  • Exterior shots of the hurricane were actually taken from stock footage used in Night Unto Night, a Ronald Reagan melodrama made the same year by Warner Bros.
  • The above statement is subject to debate. IMDB reports that the movie was filmed in only 78 days, virtually all on the Warner Brothers lot, except for a few long shots in Florida used for the opening scenes. Watching the film, it's obvious that it's on a soundstage and backlots. These claims are possibly tourist hype, as the town of Rock Harbor changed it's name to Key Largo after the film's success.
  • At one point, McCloud describes having served in the World War II battle at San Pietro, Italy; director John Huston had been involved in that battle as the creator of the documentary film San Pietro (1945) while he was in the armed services' motion picture division.
  • Temple describes the 1935 hurricane that nearly destroyed part of the Florida Keys. This was one of worst hurricanes in U.S. history and many of the victims were workers who were building the Florida Keys portion of U.S. Route 1 across the keys. The highway is seen in the film's opening. There is a roadside memorial in the Keys dedicated to the victims of the storm.
  • It's rumored that Claire Trevor's character is based on gangster Lucky Luciano's mistress Gay Orlova.
  • The boat which Bogart's character is supposed to use to transport the gangsters to Cuba is called the Santana, which is the name of Bogart's own boat.
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  • The screenwriters evidently had never been boating in the Florida Straights between Florida and Cuba since 2 plot items near the film's end, kelp and fog, do not occur in the warm Gulf Stream but do exist in the cold Pacific off Los Angeles. The fog helped obscure the fact that the boat is in a soundstage water tank.

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