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High Sierra (1941)




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This is the tale of a tough-guy gunman-turned-Good-Samaritan and his much wiser moll who stands by her man.

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Humphrey Bogart
as Roy Earle
Ida Lupino
as Marie Garson
Arthur Kennedy
as Red Hattery
Alan Curtis
as Babe Kozak
Henry Hull
as Doc Banton
Barton MacLane
as Jake Kranmer
Cornel Wilde
as Louis Mendoza
Minna Gombell
as Mrs. Baughman
Paul Harvey
as Mr. Baughman
John Eldredge
as Lou Preiser
Willie Best
as Algernon
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Auto Court Owner
Wade Boteler
as Sheriff
Sam Hayes
as Radio Commentator
Eddy Chandler
as Policeman
Maris Wrixon
as Another Blonde
Lucia Carroll
as Brunette
Frank Moran
as Officer
Lee Phelps
as Officer
James Blaine
as Policeman
Frank Cordell
as Marksman
Clancy Cooper
as Policeman
George Lloyd
as Gangster
Davison Clark
as Policeman
Jack Rutherford
as Policeman
James Flavin
as Policeman
Eddie Acuff
as Bus Driver
Harry Hayden
as Druggist
Carl Harbaugh
as Fisherman
William Gould
as Watchman
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Critic Reviews for High Sierra

All Critics (24)

a pivotal crime film that took the basic components of the gangster film and reimagined them through a more romanticized, emotional lens

February 2, 2022 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Roy Earle proves to be one of the most sympathetic criminals in film history, which means his inevitable downfall takes on a tragic dimension not usually found in crime flicks

November 13, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

High Sierra is a solid gangster movie and a breakthrough showcase for Bogart's leading capabilities.

October 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Co-written by John Huston and directed by Raoul Walsh, the combination of gangster and film noir elements holds up well; predictable by genre standards but featuring top-notch talent.

August 10, 2021 | Full Review…

So much time is spent on building up Roy's character and his misguided motivations for financially helping Velma that the film noir elements never quite take hold.

August 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The movie is very good, beautifully performed by Bogart and Ida Lupino. [Full review in Spanish]

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High Sierra

Bogart's first great role and great direction from Walsh makes this early noir a gangster masterpiece.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Excellent crime drama/early film noir. This was the first in Bogey's 1-2-3 punch that took him from resident Warners tough guy villian to one of the studio's leading romantic stars. He plays Roy "Mad Dog" Earle perfectly showing him as ruthless when necessary but with a core of decency that hasn't been ruined by years of hard knocks. Matching him every step of the way is the always outstanding Ida Lupino in one of her best portrayals. Her Marie is a classic hard luck case, tough on the outside but vunerable underneath. She and Bogart are an ideal match, a shame then that this was there last film together and the only one where they were paired as equals. The rest of the cast is terrific in support, including Joan Leslie, a variable actress but well used here as a seemingly nice girl who is exposed as a thoughtless, shallow grabber. Walsh's direction is aces as well with wonderful use of shadows and spaces to convey the isolation of the characters. First rate in every way.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A perfect movie of romance and gangsters. It's exciting, dramatic, and romantic. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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