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Release Date:
25 January 1941 (USA) See more »
Towering Thrills with this Year's Academy Award Star! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ida Lupino easily equals Lauren Bacall. See more (87 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ida Lupino ... Marie

Humphrey Bogart ... Roy Earle

Alan Curtis ... 'Babe'

Arthur Kennedy ... 'Red'

Joan Leslie ... Velma

Henry Hull ... 'Doc' Banton

Henry Travers ... Pa

Jerome Cowan ... Healy

Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Baughmam

Barton MacLane ... Jake Kranmer

Elisabeth Risdon ... Ma (as Elizabeth Risdon)

Cornel Wilde ... Louis Mendoza
Donald MacBride ... Big Mac

Paul Harvey ... Mr. Baughmam

Isabel Jewell ... Blonde
Willie Best ... Algernon
Spencer Charters ... Ed

George Meeker ... Pfiffer

Robert Strange ... Art
John Eldredge ... Lon Preiser (as John Elredge)
Sam Hayes ... Announcer
Zero the Dog ... 'Pard' (as Zero)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Acuff ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

Erville Alderson ... Farmer at the Earle Homestead (uncredited)

Dorothy Appleby ... Margie - Joe's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Peter Ashley ... Young Man at Auto Accident (uncredited)

Arthur Aylesworth ... Circle Auto Court Owner (uncredited)

James Blaine ... Deputy (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Lucia Carroll ... Brunette with Bob (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Policeman at Auto Accident (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Deputy (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... Bellboy at the Robbery (uncredited)

Clancy Cooper ... Policeman George Asking for ID (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Slim - Marksman (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Policeman (uncredited)

William Gould ... Hotel Watchman (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... John - Druggist (uncredited)

Louis Jean Heydt ... Bob - Tourist at Robbery (uncredited)

Robert Emmett Keane ... Man with Glasses at Auto Accident (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Man in Auto Court Office (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Gangster Greeting Earle at Prison (uncredited)
Gerald Mackey ... Boy Going Fishing (uncredited)

Frank Moran ... Policeman (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Policeman (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Joe - Velma's Guest (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman Henry Holden at Drugstore (uncredited)
Jack Rutherford ... Policeman (uncredited)

Ralph Sanford ... Tom the Fat Man at Drugstore (uncredited)
Buster Wiles ... Marksman Who Shoots Roy Earle (uncredited)

Maris Wrixon ... Blonde at Auto Accident (uncredited)
Charlotte Wynters ... Woman Behind Counter (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
Writing credits
John Huston (screen play) and
W.R. Burnett (screen play)

W.R. Burnett (from a novel by)

Produced by
Mark Hellinger .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (film editor)
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Waldo .... stunts: base jump (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: Humphrey Bogart (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Arthur Lange .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Irving Rapper .... dialogue director
Eddie Hall .... stand-in: Alan Curtis (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-8 (1990) | Finland:(Banned) (1942) (1947) | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #6563)

Did You Know?

A memo from associate producer Mark Hellinger to Hal B. Wallis suggests that due to favorable publicity generated by Ida Lupino's role in They Drive by Night (1940), she should be billed above Humphrey Bogart who, up to this point, had starred in "B" pictures. Lupino was billed in first position, but Bogart's performance as Roy Earle established him as a star in the opinion of many critics and in later releases, he was billed above Lupino.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Roy Earle stops at the gas station in the desert he asks the attendant for gas and water, the attendant immediately grabs the water-hose and removes the radiator cap with his bare hands, despite the fact that the engine and cap should have been hot.See more »
Healy:[looking at Roy's dead body] Big shot Earle. Well look at him lying there. He ain't much now is he?
Marie Garson:[kneeling next to Roy's body and crying] Mister, what does it mean... when a man "crashes out"?
Healy:Crashes our? that's a funny question for you to ask now sister. It means he's free.
Marie Garson:[picks up Pard and walks with the police in a daze] Free?... Free...
[fade out to credits]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Army of One (1993)See more »
I Get a Kick out of You (1934)See more »


Gun Used by Bogart---Did Cagney & Cliff Robertson Use Same Gun?
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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Ida Lupino easily equals Lauren Bacall., 25 May 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

The first thing to bear in mind is that there are actually TWO movies."High sierra" and its western remake "Colorado territory" (1949),both Walsh 's works.The latter is probably superior to the former,since the final is more impressive,but you should not underestimate it though;Humphrey Bogart is much better than Joel McCrea and Ida Lupino is at least as good as Virginia Mayo:actually,except for Lauren Bacall,Ingrid Bergman and Katherine Hepburn,rarely a Bogart's female partner had such an intensity,such a presence :sometimes she even steals the show,particularly in the last scenes.

There are two female parts in Walsh's movie -as in the remake,in which the second one is played by none other than Dorothy Malone- Lupino's bad gal with a strong heart,whose stature keeps on growing during the whole movie:a gangster's moll at the beginning of the story,she becomes a tragic character whose pursuit of happiness is moving at the end.On the other hand the crippled girl,who seems a sweet ,romantic (check the scene of the stars),and touching heroine,becomes an hateful silly goose when she's had the operation.And she 's changed physically as well:she grew into a sophisticated girl,we hardly know her in her last scene.

The car chases are masterfully filmed ,the grandiose landscapes lovingly filmed as if they were seen through Bogart's eye ,this man who had been in jail for a long time and who longed for freedom...this freedom he would earn anyway.Ida Lupino's last words will move you to tears.

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