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directed by John Huston
USA 1948

Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) arrives at a hotel in The Keys, Florida. A gangster, Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson), is holed up there awaiting his return to the major crime circuit in the U.S. after cooling his heels in Cuba. The hotel is run by handicapped James Temple (Lionel Barrymore) and his luscious daughter-in-law Nora (Lauren Bacall). Bogie's character served in the WWII with their deceased son/husband. Okay, if this description is not enough to wet your whistle, then there is not much more that I can say. A perfect vehicle to perpetuate the super stardom of Bogie, and I don't think Bacall has ever looked better (truly). Almost clinically great support from Robinson and Barrymore add this to the top of my Film-noir listing... correction - my all -time film listing. out of

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: July 16th, 1948 - New York City

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:40:18
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, French, None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Cast and Crew (1 static screen)
• Awards (1 static screen)
• Behind The Scenes ( static screens - click through)
• Un-restored Trailer (2:25)

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2000

Snapper Case
Chapters: 32


Although there is some minor damage, this image is excellent. Tight with film grain and no visible digital manipulation. It looks almost to the level of a Criterion. It must have come from a healthy print. The subtitles also are extremely well-done.

Audio quality is very good considering it is mono (original). Extras are pretty slim, but at least an attempt was made way back in 2000. This is a fine DVD for your collection.  out of

Gary W. Tooze

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