A little windy and rhetorical for my taste, but still one of John Huston’s best efforts (1948), a melodrama of ethics that soundly represses the Maxwell Anderson play it was based on (the ending is actually a lift from To Have and Have Not). Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Lionel Barrymore are held in a run-down Florida resort by hoods Edward G. Robinson, Thomas Gomez, and Marc Lawrence. The hard-to-take element is Claire Trevor, doing her damaged-goods number (naturally she won an Oscar). Richard Brooks worked with Huston on the screenplay; the atmospheric cinematography is by Karl Freund.