The bonus feature mainly deals with the rise of Humphrey Bogart and how he wound up with this role as "Roy Earle" on the film "High Sierra," a movie that finally made "Bogie" a star.
He would never take a backseat in billing after this movie. Bogart had a rough time for almost a half decade trying to get a shot at stardom after he impressed people with his role in the 1936 film "The Petrified Forest." He was typecast as a "heavy" after that and never seemed to get a fair shake and being a top-billed guy. He bothered him a lot, too.
Bogart wasn't the first choice in this film, anyway, as it turns out. Because of a little luck, and some strategy by him, he wound up with the role of "Roy Earle." Originally, the powers-that-be wanted Paul Muni for the role. When they couldn't satisfy him, George Raft was the next choice. Why those two turned down the role is pretty interesting but I won't spoil things by divulging that here.
Suffice to say, this was an interesting feature. If you have the "High Sierra" DVD, check this out.
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