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
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discriminatory practices shown toward south Florida native Americans. Music is by Max Steiner.
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs