Winter Nights: Key Largo
(dir. J. Huston, 1948, USA, 101 mins., NR)
John Huston directed this evocative tale of a veteran (Humphrey Bogart) who travels to remote Key Largo to meet the widow (Lauren Bacall) of a friend who died bravely in his unit during WW II. The widow and her wheelchair-bound father-in-law (Lionel Barrymore) manage a hotel, soon held hostage by an exiled, sadistic gangster (Edward G. Robinson) and his mob who hole up to await a passing hurricane. Claire Trevor won an Academy Award for her performance as the gangster’s alcoholic girlfriend. The film’s screenplay was adapted from a stage play by Maxwell Anderson, grandfather of Maxwell L. Anderson, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, who will introduce the film with a brief videotaped message. Feature preceded by the Warner Brothers cartoon Slick Hare (1947).
Winter Nights Film Series is proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Member SIPC.