Usually seen on late night TV, still “Key Largo” continues to contain all the ingredients for a successful and accomplished film. Starring (of course) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, this John Huston black-and-whiter is the story of Frank McCloud (Bogart), a down and out World War II vet who can't seem to make up his mind whether to live or to die: for sure, life has lost its purpose. But a run-down hotel in Key Largo changes all that. Chance--and the weather--have brought him face to face with his own destiny--helped along by gangster Edward G. Robinson and Bacall (the hotel owner's widowed daughter-in-law. All are holed up at the hotel as a hurricane pounds the keys. The interplay among these three, ably assisted by hotel owner played by Lionel Barrymore,is sulty, sizzling, and scintillating, never a dull moment. Huston is in full command and along the way, he throws in some early, early social significance, adroitly showing the
discriminatory practices shown toward south Florida native Americans. Music is by Max Steiner.
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs