Key Largo

Synopsis: Frank McCloud travels to a run-down hotel on Key Largo to honor the memory of a friend who died bravely in his unit during WW II. His friend's widow, Nora Temple, and wheelchair bound father, James Temple manage the hotel and receive him warmly, but the three of them soon find themselves virtual prisoners when the hotel is taken over by a mob of gangsters led by Johnny Rocco who hole up there to await the passing of a hurricane. Mr. Temple strongly reviles Rocco but due to his infirmities can only confront him verbally. Having become disillusioned by the violence of war, Frank is reluctant to act, but Rocco's demeaning treatment of his alcoholic moll, Gaye Dawn, and his complicity in the deaths of some innocent Seminole Indians and a deputy sheriff start to motivate McCloud to overcome his Hamlet-like inaction.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

- Hello, Eddie.

- Hello, Ben.

What gives?

We're looking for a couple

of Indians broke out of jail.

Young bucks in fancy shirts.

If you see anything of them,

phone my office at Palm Grove.

Those Indians must be from around here.

They always head for home.

Home being Key Largo.

Want something, Jack?

Mr. Temple around?

He ain't here. Hotel is closed.

When will he be back?

I don't know.

Have a beer?

- The bar is closed.

- That's right.

I told you, didn't I?

Hotel's closed.

In the summer,

everything's closed.

Give him a drink.

Give him a drink!

You heard me!

Give him a drink!

You said beer?

Thank you.

Think nothing of it.

Bargain Lass on the outside

is running very fast and very hard.

Come on, Lady Bountiful.

Come on, Lady Bountiful!

Come on!

How's that for picking them?

Can I pick them or can't I?

That's him.

I'll take it up.

If he wants you,

he'll send for you.

I like Fancy Free.

Carrying 118 pounds.

That's a lot of weight.

What do you think?

Fancy Free.

- You play the ponies?

- No.

- Why not?

- I haven't the money.

Angel, another beer

for the gentleman.

I play the long shots.

Betting on a favorite,

what do you win?

When a horse comes in for me,

he pays plenty.

Take Fancy Free:

"Morning Line, 12- 1. "

That's ridiculous.

He should be 4- 1, even less.

Look at that breeding.

"By Chance Play, out of

Misconstrue by Omaha. "

He hasn't won in 11 starts, true.

But he's been twice on the money...

...and today he's running a $3000

claiming race. Ought to be a cinch!

What's your name?

McCloud. Frank.

By John, out of Helen.

I'm Miss Dawn.

Miss Gaye Dawn.

You. He wants you.

Please excuse me.

Who's that?

- I don't know.

- What's he want?

Old man Temple.

Look, mister, if you're

thinking of putting up here...

...the hotel's closed.

- Won't be open for another month.

- Why are you here?

- We're guests.

- But you said...

We're here by special arrangement.

I don't plan to stay.

I just wanna see Mr. Temple.

Oh, well, why didn't you say so?

He's out by the boathouse.

Mr. Temple?

My name's McCloud.

Frank McCloud.

McCloud, huh?

Not Major McCloud?

Yes, sir.


Nora! Nora!

Come here!

When did you get here?

A few minutes ago.

I'm on my way to Key West.

Did you come on the bus?

I saw it stop.

Hey, Nora!

Hurry up!

Come here!

Look who's here!

This is George's wife.

This is Major Frank McCloud.

How do you do?

Your husband and I were

in the same outfit overseas.

As if she didn't know.

I wrote you a letter, major,

to St. Louis.

It was sent on to Portland, St. Paul

and Memphis before it came back.

- Ever been down here before?

- No, sir.

George was right.

The Keys are different than

anything I've seen. And hotter.

Don't look for it to get

any cooler before November.

The thermometer will go

down to about 100.

The sand flies and mosquitoes

will disappear.

It'll be right livable for about

three months on the Keys.

Except for tourists.

- That Black Caesar's Rock?

- How'd you know?

For one who's never been here,

I know a lot about these Keys.

They were a favorite subject

with George.

He used to dig for pirate gold

right over there.

He never lost hope of finding

Blackbeard's own treasure.

He must've dug 10,000 holes.

- Ever find anything?

- Oh, sure.

Salt water, every time.

How long will you be with us?

- An hour or so.

- An hour?

You can spare more time than that.

We got a lot to talk about.

- I'll talk as long as you like.

- Then you'll stay overnight.

He can have George's room.

Yes, Dad.

- May I help you?

- If you will.

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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Oscars in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). more…

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