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In a manner of speaking, Humphrey Bogart had George Raft to thank for his ascendancy to stardom: after all, if Raft hadn't turned down both High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, Bogart might have continued playing second-billed gangsters to the end of his days. Adapted from W. R. Burnett's novel by Burnett and John Huston, High Sierra opens with gangster Roy Earle Bogart being paroled after a lengthy prison term. Though he enjoys the fresh air and sunshine of the outside world, Earle has no intention of giving up ...
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Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Alan Curtis October 3, 2006 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 96 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.33: 1. ... Originally released: 1941. BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED! ! ! Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino star in this tragic study of an American gangster whose hard-boiled persona finds itself at war with his compassionate side-a side that ultimately will be his downfall. Read more Show Less

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In a manner of speaking, Humphrey Bogart had George Raft to thank for his ascendancy to stardom: after all, if Raft hadn't turned down both High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, Bogart might have continued playing second-billed gangsters to the end of his days. Adapted from W. R. Burnett's novel by Burnett and John Huston, High Sierra opens with gangster Roy Earle Bogart being paroled after a lengthy prison term. Though he enjoys the fresh air and sunshine of the outside world, Earle has no intention of giving up his criminal ways. In fact, his parole has been arranged by Big Mac Donald MacBride, so that Earle can mastermind a big-time heist at a fancy California resort hotel. After a few unkind words with a crooked cop, Kranmer Barton MacLane, in Big Mac's employ, Earle heads toward a fishing resort, where he is to commiserate with his inexperienced, hot-headed cohorts Babe Alan Curtis and Red Arthur Kennedy. En route, he befriends a farm family, heading to LA in search of work. He falls in love with the family's club-footed daughter Velma Joan Leslie--though she never really gives him any encouragement--and makes a silent promise to finance an operation on her foot once he's gotten his share of the loot. At the mountain cabin rendezvous, Earle meets Marie Ida Lupino, Babe's tough-but-vulnerable girlfriend. He angrily orders her to scram, but she stubbornly remains. Earle also finds himself the owner of a "jinxed" dog, whose previous masters have all met with early demises a none-too-subtle foretaste of things to come. Marie is strongly attracted to Earle, but he refuses to have anything to do with her, reserving his affections for Velma. He arranges an operation for the girl with mob doctor Banton Henry Hull, never suspecting that the self-serving Velma is planning all along to marry someone else. The robbery goes off without a hitch, save for the fact that "inside man" Mendoza Cornel Wilde panics and nearly gives the game away. While escaping, Babe and Red are killed in a car accident, but Earle and Marie escape. Having been disillusioned by Velma's indifference and by the fact that the untrustworthy Kranmer has taken over the late Big Mac's operation, Earle at last realizes that the only person he can truly depend upon is the faithful Marie. With the police hot on his trail, Earle tells Marie to look after herself, then heads alone into the High Sierras--where, in Greek Tragedy fashion, he "busts out" of life. As in Petrified Forest, Humphrey Bogart plays a burnt-out anachronism from an earlier era in crime in High Sierra; in the latter film, however, Bogart has an innate nobility that allows the audience to empathize with him throughout. It is nothing short of amazing that, despite his superb performance in this 1940 film, he still had to wait until The Maltese Falcon for top billing in an "A picture." High Sierra was remade in 1949 as Colorado Territory and in 1955 as I Died a Thousand Times.
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Special Features

New featurette: Curtians for Roy Earle: The Story of High Sierra; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
High Sierra is pretty hokey for a gangster flick, what with a dog playing a key role in the story. The down-on-their-luck farm family that befriends Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) is also challenged in the acting department. For instance, watching Velma (Joan Leslie) attempting to cry on screen is the stuff of bad high school drama departments. The scenes with the family also require Bogart to smile more often than he should. Smiling is not Bogart's strongest suit, though speaking through his teeth is, and he also does plenty of that in High Sierra, playing the usual tough, unforgiving gangster. In this role he also possess a caring, sort of domestic side to his character, and he's a pushover, going so far as to bring a dog with him at Marie Garson's (Ida Lupino) request, during a robbery. Algernon (Willie Best) sticks out as a completely racist stereotype who thankfully only has a few scenes. Bogart, in this 1941 release, despite a screenplay that has moments of inspiration and scenes that just stink, carries the film on his back. Ida Lupino is good, too, as the desperate runaway who hangs onto Bogart much like the abandoned dog. But her role doesn't give her much to work with. High Sierra is another gangster film that would be mostly forgettable if it weren't for Bogart's stellar acting. Note: Avoid the colorized version which makes the landscape look fake and some of the actors look orange.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • UPC: 012569794689
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Roy Earle
Ida Lupino Marie Garson
Arthur Kennedy Red Hattery
Joan Leslie Velma
Alan Curtis Babe Kozak
Henry Hull Doc Banton
Henry Travers Pa
Jerome Cowan Healy
Minna Gombell Mme. Baughman
Barton MacLane Jake Kranmer
Elizabeth Risdon Ma
Cornel Wilde Louis Mendoza
Donald MacBride Big Mac
Paul Harvey Mr. Baughman
Isabel Jewell The Blonde
Willie Best Algernon
Spencer Charters Ed
George Meeker Pfiffer
Robert Strange Art
John Eldredge Lou Preiser
Sam Hayes Announcer
William Hopper
Arthur Aylesworth Auto Court Owner
Wade Boteler Sheriff
Cliff Saum Shaw
George Lloyd Gangster
Erville Alderson Farmer
Carl Harbaugh Fisherman
Peter Ashley Man
Robert Emmett Keane Man
J. Anthony Hughes Man
Louis Jean Heydt Man
Lee Phelps Policeman
James Blaine Policeman
Clancy Cooper Policeman
Frank Moran Policeman
Davison Clark Policeman
Jack Rutherford Policeman
James Flavin Policeman
Richard Clayton Bellboy
Charlotte Wynters Woman
Maris Wrixon Woman
Lucia Carroll Woman
Dorothy Appleby Margie
Garry Owen Joe
Eddie Acuff Bus Driver
Harry Hayden Druggist
Ralph Sanford Fat Man
William Gould Watchman
Eddy Chandler Policeman
Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Mark Hellinger Associate Producer
John Huston Screenwriter
Jack Killifer Editor
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Ted Smith Art Director
Dolph Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- High Sierra
1. Credits [1:09]
2. A New Tune [5:15]
3. The Goodhues and Velma [3:22]
4. Lose Marie [3:48]
5. All Figured Out [1:33]
6. Kindred Spirits [4:17]
7. How the Gun Went [3:30]
8. Chance Reunion [2:49]
9. Looking at the Stars [3:25]
10. Big Mac and Doc [5:25]
11. Close to Velma [4:23]
12. Gun Butt Discipline [5:04]
13. Don't Send Me Away [4:18]
14. Decent Girl's Refusal [5:41]
15. Tonight's the Night [3:55]
16. Heist Gone Bad [4:33]
17. Always a Copper [4:32]
18. One Last Visit [5:05]
19. Marie's Present [2:14]
20. "Mad Dog" Recognized [6:16]
21. Leaving All She's Got [2:23]
22. Bottling Him Up [5:05]
23. Come and Get Me [3:06]
24. Meet Marie [2:22]
25. Last Chance [2:42]
26. Free [2:29]
27. Cast List [:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- High Sierra
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Curtains for Roy Earle: The Story of High Sierra
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Last of the Bogart Bad Guys - One of Huston's Best!

    'High Sierra' is the story of paroled convict, Roy `Mad Dog¿ Earle (Humphrey Bogart). Determined to stay out of trouble, Roy is thrown back into the hopper of organized crime when Jack Kranmer (Barton MacLane) comes up with a robbery that just can¿t miss. Roy is bad, tough as nails and raw as meat in a butcher's window. But he's also got a soft side for two women, the crippled nice girl, Velma Baughman (Joan Leslie) and Marie Garson (Ida Lupino) the femme fatale who¿s not nearly as wicked as she pretends to be. Garson and two small time operators, Red Hattery (Arthur Kennedy) and Babe Kozak (Alan Curtis) are planning the hotel robbery in the Sierra mountains with Roy as their front man. But Roy¿s usually commitment to the plan gets sidetracked by his desire to pay for an operation that will rest the use of Velma¿s legs. Although the operation proves a success, it corrupts Velma, turning her into a party girl. Roy, realizing that he has once again corrupted the thing he loves, goes through with the robbery and is made a fugitive on the run forever more. Great action and suspense! This Bogart classic is an absolute must for anyone who appreciates great performances and wonderful story telling. Ah yes, I remember why it is that I fell in love with the movies! Warner's usual sterling quality is at work here. The credit sequence is a bit rough and there is a bit of instability in the original camera negative but over all this is one fine looking transfer. The gray scale is impeccably rendered. Blacks are black. Contrast and shadows are well balanced. There appears to be very little in the way of age related artifacts. There are NO signs of digital compression. The audio is MONO but nicely rendered. Extras include a featurette that manages to cover a lot of ground in a very short time.

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