Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mr. Temple: Eight hundred guys washed out to sea...

Johnny Rocco: You're a liar! Nobody would live here after that!

Mr. Temple: A relief train was dispatched from Miami. The barometer was down to about 26 inches when that train pulled into Homestead. Engineer backed his string of empty coaches into the danger zone and the hurricane hit. Knocked those coaches right off the track. Two hundred miles an hour, that wind blew. A tidal wave 12 feet high went right across the Key. Whole towns were wiped out. Miles and miles of track were ripped up and washed away. Nothing was left. More than 500 bodies were recovered after the storm. And for months afterwards corpses were found in the mangrove swamps...

- Key Largo (1948)

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