High Sierra (Warner 1941, Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino)

High Sierra

High Sierra is a seminal gangster film that focused attention on Humphrey Bogart and writer John Huston. Bogart plays a violent criminal just released from prison who knows he’s got just one more job in him. An aging gang boss wants Bogart to lead a jewel heist at a resort.

When he sees the inexperienced men he’ll be leading (and fends off the attentions of Lupino, the girlfriend of one of the thugs), Bogart suspects there will be trouble, and there is when a cop is killed during the robbery. A manhunt drives Bogart to the highest peak in the High Sierras where he awaits death at the hands of the police. A gripping portrait of a desperate outlaw and a breakthrough for its creators.

Much of High Sierra was filmed on location near Lone Pine, California and on the stunning but difficult slopes of Mount Whitney; cinematographer Tony Gaudio was challenged by hot sun and gusty winds, shooting at altitudes of up to 11,000 feet.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Arthur Kennedy, Ida Lupino, Barton MacLane, Elisabeth Risdon, Henry Travers, Cornel Wilde

Director: Raoul Walsh
Producer: Mark Hellinger
Original Story: W. R. Burnett
Director of Photography: Tony Gaudio
Editor: Jack Killifer
Composers: Adolph Deutsch, Leo F. Forbstein
Screenwriter: John Huston

USA / Warner Bros / 100 minutes / 1941 black and white

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