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High Sierra (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 January 1941 (USA)
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

John Huston (screen play), W.R. Burnett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ida Lupino ... Marie
Humphrey Bogart ... Roy Earle
Alan Curtis ... 'Babe'
Arthur Kennedy ... 'Red'
Joan Leslie ... Velma
Henry Hull ... 'Doc' Banton
Henry Travers ... Pa
Jerome Cowan ... Healy
Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Baughmam
Barton MacLane ... Jake Kranmer
Elisabeth Risdon ... Ma (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Cornel Wilde ... Louis Mendoza
Donald MacBride ... Big Mac
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Baughmam
Isabel Jewell ... Blonde
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Storyline

Roy 'Mad Dog' Earle is broken out of prison by an old associate who wants him to help with an upcoming robbery. When the robbery goes wrong and a man is shot and killed Earle is forced to go on the run, and with the police and an angry press hot on his tail he eventually takes refuge among the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, where a tense siege ensues. But will the Police make him regret the attachments he formed with two women during the brief planning of the robbery. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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He killed... and there on the crest of Sierra's highest crag... he must be killed! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entscheidung in der Sierra See more »

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Budget:

$455,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Roy Earle was modeled on John Dillinger. Humphrey Bogart's role in The Petrified Forest (1936) was also inspired by Dillinger. See more »

Goofs

When Roy Earle, traveling under an alias, first meets Pa Goodhue at the gas station in the desert, he only introduces himself as "Collins". However, when they meet for the second time after the car accident in Tropic Springs, Pa immediately greets him as "Roy," even though Earle had never offered a first name. See more »

Quotes

Deputy: [Marie crosses the crime scene line] What's the idea you? get back where you belong! Anybody else tries they'll get run in... see?
Healy: [sees Marie crying approaches her] What are you up to sister? Why did you try to get through this line? What did you mean to do? have you a little dog in that basket? A grey and white dog?
[Picks up basket and checks himself]
Healy: Boy!
[signals the officer to come over]
Deputy: What's the matter with her?
Healy: Roy Earle has been traveling with a girl called Marie.
Deputy: Sure I know that. what ...
[...]
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"Pard" as Portrayed By "Zero" See more »

Alternate Versions

Because this movie made Humphrey Bogart a major star, re-releases billed him ahead of Ida Lupino. See more »


Soundtracks

I Get a Kick out of You (1934)
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played on a record at Velma's Home
Danced to by Joan Leslie and John Eldredge
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Bogart Stands Out In An Interesting & Well-Crafted Story
26 January 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Even aside from its impact on Humphrey Bogart's career and on the noir genre, "High Sierra" is an entertaining and interesting movie that is worth seeing in its own right. Bogart's portrayal of Roy Earle, along with Ida Lupino, a talented supporting cast, and some well-chosen settings, are all fit together nicely to tell an interesting story.

Though it's hard now to experience Bogart's gangster roles as they would have appeared to their original audiences, it's still easy to see why this and similar roles attracted so much attention at the time. The character is interesting to begin with, and Bogart makes him even more so. The tension between Earle's ruthlessness and his sense of fairness, and between his desires and his practicality, makes for some interesting possibilities.

Bogart makes good use of these opportunities with his distinctive style. The other characters and the plot developments furnish plenty of material that develop Earle's character and give Bogart lots to work with. Even the sequences that might seem unlikely or out of place are used to add depth to the character and the story.

The climactic sequence in the mountains ties everything together nicely, in a very appropriate setting. "High Sierra" is the kind of movie that classic movie fans can enjoy both for the chance to see its influence on later movies and for its own interesting and well-crafted story.


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