Prior to making High Sierra, Bogart was typecast as a thug or gangster or in his own words, playing 'George Raft's brother-in-law'. With High Sierra his chance finally came to be the star of a film, rather than well down the cast list. This film demonstrates just how good an actor Bogart really was. He veers brilliantly from being ruthless, able to kill without batting an eyelid, to being sensitive, caring and generous, and back again.
The film speeds along at a good pace, taking in some incredible scenary on its way. There is something for everyone - romance, humour, car chases and a shootout. Thee is even a cute dog called 'Pard' (played by Bogart's own dog)if you like animal films!
Whilst not being Bogart's best film, this is certainly not far behind, and would make a good introduction to the films of the great man.