A stellar cast, which is perfectly orchestrated so that the bayside hotel turns into an intense milieu of past tragedies, past glories, unfolding romances, racist prejudices and existential compensations. Karl Freund's cinematography captures much of the angst in superbly feverish close-ups and while Bogart's introversion is a plus, the film belongs to Robinson's megalomaniac Roco and to Bacall's ethereal features.
This is a nice little drama from a man who knew how to put great actors together, John Huston. Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson share the screen brilliantly as these two titans lock horns on several occasions.
First disappointing Bogie movie I've really come across. Doesn't really amount to much other than a fan fiction-esque rivalry between the 30s gangster and the 40s noir figure. Maybe another viewing will change my mind.
On my scriptwriting exam. First I was afraid and then I enjoyed almost every second of it. When Gaye sings before the storm everything seems flawless, dramatic tension and killer glances everywhere. The vulnerability of women exposed in just one scene.
Of course it has Bogie and Bacall, but Edward G. Robinson steals the show here. His eyes gleam with barely suppressed sociopathic energy. He could just explode at any minute; larger than life! Terrifying! John Huston is great as always.
An exotic-locale crime drama from director John Huston featuring silver screen icons Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore at their best. It's not one of Bogart's better collaborations with Huston, or with Bacall - but it's solid old-fashioned entertainment fans of classic movies will appreciate.
The stage origins of the story are obvious, but the closed-in nature of it all actually heightens the tension. An un-noirish conclusion doesn't dampen otherwise outstanding performances by the stellar cast.