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Key Largo

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What's it About

One of the brink of a huge storm, WWII vet Frank McCloud (Bogart) visits a disheveled hotel in the titular island town to pay his respects to Nora (Bacall), the widow of a deceased war buddy. Run by Nora's father James (Barrymore), the hotel plays host to some pretty seedy urban types, and Frank soon discovers why: infamous mobster Johnny Rocco (Robinson) and his men have slinked back into the country and temporarily seized control of the establishment.

Why we love it

Based on Maxwell Anderson's play, Huston's "Key Largo" is a classic 1940s noir featuring taut direction and indelible performances. In a cast that boasts Bogart, Bacall, Oscar-winner Claire Trevor as Rocco's drunken mistress, and Lionel Barrymore as the cantankerous hotelier, it's Robinson's portrayal as Rocco — filled with sadistic, savage power — that occupies center stage. Bogie is comfortable in star mode as the taciturn good guy who comes through in the clinch. Don't miss that ending on board a boat called the "Santana" (the name of Bogart's own yacht and production company). 

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"