1948 – “Key Largo” premieres

A classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Key Largo was adapted from a successful Broadway play written by Maxwell Anderson. The play originally ran in 1939 and 1940 for 105 performances on Broadway. Several changes were made from the original to the screenplay, which was written by John Huston and Richard Brooks, and also directed by Huston.

The film was the fourth (and final) onscreen teaming of Bogart and Bacall. It netted Claire Trevor an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and grossed over eight million dollars in its American run. It is now recognised as one of the greatest films of the film noir era, and a classic of American cinema.

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Key Largo — Bertie Higgins