High Sierra (1941)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  25 January 1941 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerome Cowan ...
Minna Gombell ...
Mrs. Baughmam
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Ma (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Donald MacBride ...
Paul Harvey ...


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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Release Date:

25 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Did You Know?


"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 17, 1944 with Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino reprising their film roles. See more »


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 »


Roy Earle: $500's okay with me. When I need help, I need it bad, and I'm willing to pay for it.
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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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Bogie Goes From Bad To Good Guy
14 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aw, the film that launched stardom for Humphrey Bogart and changed him from the perpetual villain to the "good guy."

The movie doesn't feature a lot of action but it keeps your interest. You have two women in here: the hard-boiled Ida Lupino and the soft-and-sweet Joan Leslie. Both are entertaining to watch and both demonstrate a few surprises in the personalities of the characters they are playing. Bogart does the same: goes back and forth between tough guy and softy.

Another key member of this unusual crime story/film noir is "Pard:" a little dog! Human supporting roles are supplied by some familiar and solid actors such as Arthur Kennedy, Alan Curtis, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Barton MacLane and Cornel Wilde. Most of the people in here, including "Pard," are that endearing but there are so many different angles to this story, it's always interesting to see.

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