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
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Edward G. Robinson was considered for Roy Earle. The Hollywood Production Code strictly prohibited glamorizing the '30s gangster legend. See more »
When Algernon was fishing on the dock using a window curtain spring roller, the fish shown underwater biting his bait was a trout and the fish he catches and holds up in the next scene is a perch. See more »
[looking at Roy's dead body]
Big shot Earle. Well well. Look at him lying there. He ain't much now, is he?
[kneeling next to Roy's body and crying]
Mister, what does it mean... when a man "crashes out"?
Crashes out? That's a funny question for you to ask now, Sister. It means he's free.
[picks up Pard and walks with the police in a daze]
[fade out to credits]
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A sublime film. Probably one of the most melancholic pictures ever made in the classic period. It is one of the earliest and strongest portraits of the tragic hero, so recurrent in Walsh's filmography. Bogart's character, a mournful, resigned old-timer who witnesses the gradual downfall of the world as he knows it, dresses in black all through the film, like the mute and only assistant to his own funeral. As other Walsh anti-heroes notably White Heat's Cody- he must reach the heights before him dies. One wonders what would have been of the Bogart, Cagney, Flynn or Raft persona without their significant roles in the Raoul Walsh films. It's remake, Colorado Territory, is even better.
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