High Sierra

High Sierra

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"Prohibition era gangster Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) walks out of prison...and into two unfamiliar worlds: the jitterbugging 1940s and the towering majesty of High Sierra. This fast-paced, heist-gone-wrong manhunt movie is also a fascinating study of a man time has passed by. Earle identifies more with the era's homeless Okies than the callow punks he leads on a disastrous hotel robbery. Then the teenager he loves (Joan Leslie) rejects him and only Marie (Ida Lupino), a weary '30s survivor like himself, remains loyal when cops close in"--Container.

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TBrien
Jan 30, 2018

Good movie but the lame girl story line detracted from the film for me. I get the film's a precursor to Noir in that the lead isn't all bad or all good, and this sub-plot tries to show it, but just seeing how Bogie treats the absolutely always awesome Ida Lupino lets the audience know he's a good guy. The lame girl story is ... lame. Overall the script could be stronger as well as some minor characters in terms of the caper-gone-South. But definitely worth checking out for the leads (and for Bogie's first real leading role) and the location shooting.

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Monolith
Nov 29, 2012

Fantastic film-noir from Raoul Walsh, adapted from renowned gangster novelist W.R. Burnett's yarn, and embellished by John Huston. Agreed that this is one of Bogart's best, as the hard-boiled ex-con 'Mad Dog' Earle, softened by an ungrateful farmer's daughter. Including the loveable Henry Travers (who I can never see as anybody other than Frank Capra's "Clarence"). That little mutt "Pard" WAS bad luck. Awesome flick. FIVE STARS.

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Nov 29, 2012

Marie Garson (getting ready to leave on the bus): "...I'm awful sorry for the way I've acted." Roy Earle: "You got nothin' to be sorry about!" Marie Garson: "Yes I have. Naggin' at cha and flyin' off the handle. I wish I hadn't. Ohhh..." (weeps) Roy Earle (smiling): "Aww, I like it! I mean, that's the way married people oughta act! Listen, my Ma and Pa fought like cats and dogs goin' on forty years. I wouldn't give ya two cents for a dame without a temper!"

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