Key Largo: Bogart in Another Iconic Role

In 1948, Humphrey Bogart played a villain in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but the public resented his reprise of the gangster heavy, a role that had defined the early phase of his career.

Thus, in the next picture, Key Largo, also directed by John Huston, he returned to the Bogart’s more typical role.

Key Largo presented a dramatic situation similar to that of his 1936 movie, The Petrified Forest, starring Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.

Bogart was cast as a vet soldier, who is too disillusioned to care about issues of evil, too self-centered to risk his own life in fighting them.

Early on, he states: “One Rocco more or less isn’t worth dying for,”

“I had hopes once for a world where there’s no place for Johnny Rocco.”