The story of two strong men who come face to face in a hotel, shut down for the summer, on a sweaty Florida key. One is a hard-bitten fellow, ex-Army and ex-idealist, who is visiting the wife and father of a buddy killed in the war. The other is an old-time gangster, run out of the country years ago, who is set upon making a comeback with the old cruelty and arrogance.
John Huston, the director has obtained stinging performances out of most of his cast—notably out of Mr. Robinson, who plays the last of the red-hot gangsters in top-notch style. Indeed, Mr. Robinson's performance is an expertly timed scan of the vulgarity, corruption and egoism of a criminal.
Mr. Bogart's enactment of a fellow who blows both hot and cold is also penetrating, largely because it's on the acid side. Lionel Barrymore is sharp as an old codger who is full of ineffectual bravery, and Lauren Bacall is solemnly righteous as a war-widowed country girl. Picturesque performances of assorted henchmen and a moll are given by Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis and Claire Trevor.
KEY LARGO, screen play by Richard Brooks and John Huston, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson; directed by John Huston; produced by Jerry Wald for Warner Brothers Pictures.
Frank McCloud . . . . .Humphrey Bogart
Johnny Rocco . . . . . Edward G. Robinson
Nora Temple . . . . . Lauren Bacall
James Temple . . . . . Lionel Barrymore
Gaye . . . . . Claire Trevor
Curley . . . . . Thomas Gomez
Toots . . . . . Harry Lewis
Clyde Sawyer . . . . . John Rodney
Ziggy . . . . . Marc Lawrence
Angel . . . . . Dan Seymour
Ben Wade . . . . . Monte Blue
Osceola Brothers . . Silver Heels