Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1948. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Richard Brooks, John Huston, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson. Cinematography by Karl Freund. Produced by Jerry Wald. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Leo K. Kuter. Costume Design by Leah Rhodes. Film Editing by Rudi Fehr. Academy Awards 1948.
Exciting intrigue in the Florida keys! When a big-time gangster (Edward G. Robinson) needs a place to hide out from the police and the oncoming tropical storms, he takes a hotel hostage and forces the owner (Lionel Barrymore) and his daughter (Lauren Bacall) to keep him comfortable. Luckily, acid-tongued Humphrey Bogart is also stuck there with them and manages to save the day. Claire Trevor is excellent as Robinson’s booze-loving mistress in this terrific drama that features incredibly tense moments under the direction of the legendary John Huston.