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High Sierra (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 January 1941 (USA)
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.

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Jake Kranmer
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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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The Blazing Mountain Manhunt for Killer 'Mad-Dog' Earle! See more »


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Entscheidung in der Sierra  »

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$455,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the last movie Humphrey Bogart made where he did not receive top billing. The studio thought that Ida Lupino should have top billing, given the fact that she had been such a big hit in They Drive by Night (1940), and so her name ended up above Bogart's on the title card. Bogart was reportedly unhappy about receiving second billing but never complained. See more »

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Near the end of the picture, news reports announce that "Mad Dog" Earle is traveling with a girl named Marie and a dog named Pard. How does anyone know about the dog? The only two people who saw Pard in the car with Earle and Marie are dead and Mendoza had no chance to see the dog in the car, or even to get its name from his one visit to the cabin. See more »

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'Doc' Banton: He's on a bad way, Old Mac. Bum ticker, kidney's on the blink, bad stomach, like a kid's toy that's running down. I try to keeping him from drinking but there's no stopping Old Mac. he'll go on doing just as he always has done. Well, maybe he's right. Well, good night Roy.
Roy Earle: Good night 'Doc'.
[goes back in Big mac's bedroom]
Big Mac: Roy.
[points at the bottles of liquor]
Roy Earle: I don't know, Mac, the 'Doc'...
Big Mac: Yeah, I do know.
[takes a drinks]
Big Mac: Yeah, now I feel better.
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Opening credits curve over the mountain-top valley of the background, as the wind would do. See more »

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Referenced in A Look Back at 'Joshua Tree' (2013) See more »

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I Get a Kick out of You (1934)
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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 See 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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