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on 8 March 2002
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.
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on 5 April 2014
High Sierra is not just a hard bitten gangster movie, (although that theme runs throughout the film) it also tells the poignant story of a man hankering after his younger, easier days before he fell into a life of crime, after a chance meeting with a family he feels an affinity with.
The man (Humphrey Bogart) is sprung from prison to oversee one last job that'll make everyone rich, but time has marched on and Roy "mad dog" Earle is of another age! The granddaughter of the family, who he has an impossible crush on rejects him, the three gang members he has to team up with just aren't good enough and the job goes horribly wrong, a guard is killed and from then on he's on the run.
Ida Lupino (Marie) is terrific as the archetypal gangster's moll who sticks with Earle through thick and thin after he protects her from her thuggish boy friend, although Earle doesn't seem to realise how lucky he is to have her!
The movie also benefits from some good comedy moments from Willie Best and a stray dog("oh! no he aint my dawg")
There are early screen appearances for Arthur Kennedy and Cornel Wilde(his first) and good support from Joan Leslie and Barton Maclane
The film ends with Earle making his escape into the High Sierra mountains with the ever faithful Marie looking on. Great film!
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on 10 November 2003
The story of "Mad Dog Roy Earle" Bogart made this role his own Being in on a robbery organised by a dying mobster friend,which consequently goes wrong Roy Earle finds himself torn between the love he has for a crippled girl whom he tries to help,and his own hopless situation.When he is finally forced to quit the scene and run in company with a little stray dog "Pard"( who has a reputation for bring bad luck to any one he befriends,) and his lady friend played by Ida Lupino,the stage is set for the films tension filled ending on the freezing heights of the Sierra Nevada mountains .Watch and enjoy!
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"High Sierra" was a seminal film in the career of Humphrey Bogart. In stark contrast to his privileged New England background, Bogart had already established himself in the gangster genre with his memorable role as Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest"(36). It was a role that had not quite propelled him to super stardom, but that was to change after "High Sierra". Paul Muni was originally offered the role but eventually turned it down. It was then offered to George Raft who was allegedly talked out of it by Bogart, who coveted the role for himself. The rest as they say is history!

The film follows the fortunes of gangster Roy "Mad Dog" Earle, who seems to be loosely based on John Dillinger who is mentioned in the film. Earle following his release from prison at the start of the film goes straight back to his old ways, and is immediately involved in planning a hotel robbery with a couple of young thugs and their moll. But things aren't like the old days, and the new breed of gangsters can't be trusted. Things start to go wrong early on. Earle has already spent time in prison and he doesn't intend going back. We head to a spectacular finale, where the forces of law and order close in on the last gangster on the slopes of spectacular Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the USA. Much in the same way as James Cagney did in "White Heat"(48), Earle refuses to go quietly.

The film is based on the book of the same title by W R Burnett, who also wrote the screenplays for "Little Caesar" and "Scarface". The screenplay was also co-written by Burnett with the young John Huston. The film was to mark the start of a long and fruitful, and hard drinking friendship between Bogart and Huston. The support cast was extremely strong, with Arthur Kennedy appearing early in his career as a young thug. Ida Lupino plays the moll, fresh from her success in "They Drive by Night". In fact she took top billing ahead of Bogart. It was the last time that Bogart was to take second billing! Cornel Wilde appears as a quivering stooge, and the veteran Henry Hull appears as an underworld doctor. The film was directed by the prolific Raoul Walsh, who had a good reputation for handling action sequences, of which this film contains plenty.

The resulting film is a hugely impressive and entertaining slice of film noir. Bogart is at his snarling and irrepressible best as Earle, the gangster with a soft heart. You just had to dig very deep to find it! The location filming on the slopes of Mount Whitney help to lift the film way above the usual gangster fare. There are many good scenes. I especially liked the scene where Earle explains about the stars to a crippled girl. When asked how he knows so much, he explains that he had had a lot of time on his hands where he had been. There is another poignant scene when Earle leaves prison to enjoy his new freedom amongst the waving branches of the trees in a local park. The climactic scene on Mount Whitney is a famously spectacular ending to the film. The only discordant note is the racial stereo type, in the eye rolling character of Algernon. Unfortunately this was a distasteful common comic device of the period.

Walsh remade the film later in 1949 with the western "Colorado Territory" with Joel McCrea in the lead. The film has dated remarkably well and the black and white photography is crisp, clear and atmospheric. The DVD was an official English release and also contains the welcome 15 minute featurette "Curtains for Roy Earle: The making of High Sierra", an interesting insight into the films making. The price of the remaining DVD's is very reasonable given the films quality and scarcity. I was extremely pleased with my buy! This is probably my favourite gangster film, and one that I feel to be the very best in the large canon of work by the redoubtable Raoul Walsh. A fine addition to anyone's DVD collection, and worth every one of the five stars I have awarded it.
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on 6 July 2010
A clasic, Lupino Bogart and a hot script keep this tense gangster opera ticking to the fiery ending ok the hard bitten anti hereo with a soft spot for the inocent and fragile bit is now a film cliché at least as old at this film; but just view the film from within the context of when it was made anyway the fast paced action and Bogarts performance as well as some unsung but believable character acting from the arrey of supporting artists should hock you in Bogart dosent play any smart moves to the camera just works away at his craft like the seasoned pro that he was sultry Ida Lupino brings a tough but humane heart to the film ,much later she gave a brave unglamorous performance as Steve Mcqueen's mother in Peckinpah's underrated rodeo picture Junior Bonner(1972)she also cut a stride for herself as one of Hollywood's first female directors during the late forties early fifties.
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on 13 January 2016
Great classic movie, Bogart in one of his greatest roles displaying both toughness and vulnerability as the ex con on one last job. The subplot of his infatuation with the crippled girl he meets along the way is played out with sincerity and great believability . However it is as the tough seen it all before criminal that Bogart really shines ,his dominance of the film against great performances from Ida Lupino and Arthur Kennedy is mesmerising. The drift into the inevitable climax is played out in both a thrilling and elegiac way.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 March 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "HIGH SIERRA" (1941) (100 min/B&W) -- Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie & Henry Hull

Directed by Raoul Walsh

Witty dialogue, great on-location direction by Raoul Walsh, a cute dog, and a climactic car chase that wouldn't be equaled until "Bullitt" (1968) with Steve McQueen, are just some of this films other virtues, plus a great cast of actors lead and supporting.

Special footnote, Incidentally, a lot of people have mistakenly thought that Pard was played by the same dog that played Toto in "The Wizard of Oz," but in fact it was Bogart's own pet, Zero. Hopefully the star negotiated a decent contract for his mutt.

This film made Humphrey Bogart a major star while creating what can be called the birth of American film noir. If it's not in your film collection it should be. Roy Earle was a new type of character -- the truly romantic criminal. Bogart would play variations on Earle throughout his career, though he rarely exceeded his triumph here. Giving much of the credit to Bogie's acting, some more credit must be extended to the screenwriter, John Huston. "High Sierra" was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Haunting score by composer Adolph Deutsch.

Bogart's interpretation already showed signs of the special qualities that were to become an important part of his mystique in a few more films. As a film, "High Sierra" has other notable qualities, particularly Ida Lupino's strong and moving performance as Marie, the girl who brings out Roy Earle's more human emotions.

Many fine moments with Bogey -- including a memorable speech within his cabin hideout. This is one of the best portraits of a desperate outlaw in film history. A blueprint for all the antihero films that would follow over the years -- this is one not to be missed!

BIOS:
1. Raoul Walsh [Director]
Date of Birth: 11 March 1887 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 31 December 1980 - Simi Valley, California

2. Ida Lupino
Date of Birth: 4 February 1918 - Camberwell, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 3 August 1995 - Los Angeles, California

3. Humphrey Bogart
Date of Birth: 25 December 1899 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 14 January 1957 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 100 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (10/03/2006)
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 2 August 2016
The story, co-scripted by John Huston, rattles along like the late thirties Studebaker that Bogart flees in at the the end of the film. The photography ranges from the gutter to the location grandeur of the Sierras and Bogart shows what he can do with a good script that gives him the chance to portray shades of 'Mad-Dog Roy Earle's' moral ambivalence. Ida Lupino is a very beautiful love interest whose character is threaded throughout the narrative right up until the final climactic confrontation exquisitely shot on location at Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. This is very much a film for students of Humphrey Bogart, as it immediately precedes his career leap into leading roles in the noir masterpieces that he made all his own. 4 stars.
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on 3 December 2003
In HIGH SIERRA Humphrey Bogart plays professional criminal Roy Earle who is pardoned from prison because of the influence of a crime boss named Big Mac. Bogart is paid advance money to report to Big Mac in California. Mac is planning to use him to lead a small gang in pulling off a jewelry robbery at a swank resort hotel.
En route to California Bogart helps a distressed family he meets at the scene of a minor traffic accident. He is attracted to the granddaughter who is played by Joan Leslie. She has a deformed foot which Bogart arranges to have fixed by a surgeon in California. When he arrives at the hideout he finds two cheap crooks and a dance hall girl waiting for him. One of the hotel employees is also involved in the robbery scheme.
The suspense builds rapidly from this point on as we await the outcome of both the holdup and also the romances which are developing simultaneously between Bogart and the two women.
Ida Lupino gives a stellar performance as the former dance hall girl whose love for Bogart isn't really appreciated until it may be too late.
Bogart and Lupino are at their best in this film. A strong supporting cast includes Arthur Kennedy, Alan Curtis, Henry Hull, Henry Travis, Jerome Cowan and Cornell Wilde. There is also a small dog in the cast who will win your admiration and break your heart. Raoul Walsh is known for his direction of many other fine movies including ROARING TWENTIES and THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE.
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on 8 September 2014
Another great and classic film to have in the home collection!
Thank you seller.
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