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Key Largo

Released 1948
Distributor Warner Bros.

Edward G Robinson was reluctant to play another gangster but John Huston talked him into it. In Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play the gangsters are Mexican banditos, the war is the Spanish Civil War and the Humphrey Bogart character is a tortured deserter who‚ gets killed in the end.‚ Claire Trevor’s Oscar-winning gun moll role was modeled on Lucky Luciano’s mistress. The hurricane sequences come from the as yet unreleased Warner melodrama Night Unto Night.

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About Jonathan Kaplan

NYU grad and 40-episode ER producer-director Jonathan Kaplan began his career at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, moving on to AIP and the majors with acclaimed films like Over the EdgeHeart Like a Wheel and The Accused, which won Jodie Foster a Best actress Oscar. His iconic action credits include Truck TurnerWhite Line Fever and Unlawful Entry. Jonathan is the son of film composer Sol Kaplan and nephew of actor Van Heflin. Proudly continuing his career trajectory toward The News in Welsh, Kaplan has just wrapped a basic cable “Jiggle Show” where all the men who audition [and there are only young men] must do so topless so the Network can determine if the boys are sufficiently “ripped” to be rewarded the role. Kaplan says, in keeping with his credo that one should learn something from every gig: “I can confidently report that 6-out-of-10 actors under 30 clearly prefer Calvin Klein.”