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Bogie and Best
I was attempting to watch High Sierra this weekend and was caught off guard by the dehumanizing way Bogart's character addressed Willie Best's character in one of the films early scenes. I have watched High Sierra many times over years, but it had been quite a while so I wasn't prepared the exchange between Bogie and Best. I know that "cooning" black actors being talked down to by lead actors was common during a certain period of Hollywood history. But what occurred to me was that a Ben previewed the film, it would have been helpful to remind people that there would be scenes that might be uncomfortable for some viewers because of archaic racial interchange.As much as I love Bogie's films, and was anxious to watch High Sierra Sunday morning, I had to turn away because I just wasn't ready for the way "Roy Earle" talks to "Algernon" like he's a piece of dirt in that early scene. Were there any instances in the 30s, 40s, 50s, where a white actor refused to follow a script and speak in a dehumanizing way to a black actor or actress?
I've seen this movie many times and the more I watch it, the more I am impressed by the performance of Ida Lupino, notice her dialogue and facial expressions in the car as Bogey talks of visiting with Velma and her family, especially after he describes Velma as "decent". Question, how does Marie make her way to the site of the final stand off, which was reached by Bogey and the police after a lengthy chase up the desolate mountain side?
Great film noir classic, with minor flaws
I think the writers went a little overboard trying to portray Bogart's character as a good-guy bad guy. Considering the characters of the crippled girl who needs an operation, and Ida Lupino's flawed past, it seems a no brainer, that Bogart would have stuck with "his kind of woman". Parts of the film seemed plain goofy, where the cured by Bogart's money is dancing with that creepy boy friend. If Bogart's character was taken seriously, as it should have been. His good guy side would have realized he was beyond the love of a younger, innocent girl.The heart of this story is Lupino's love for the trapped man on the High Sierra. Those last scenes saved what could have been a mediocre film, but has become a Bogart classic.
How have I managed to miss this one?
WOW! This movie has almost a perfect rating by viewers, but I've never seen it? I thought I'd seen all the great ones! Well, it's now number one on my list of must-see films. Can't wait to see it!
- Dashiell B.
A milestone in the gangster genre and Bogart's career. Bogart gives a subtle performance as an old-timer gangster, whose plot to rob a hotel are interrupted by Leslie's crippled girl whom he foolishly tries to woo, Lupino is the main female who's Bogart's better equal. Director Walsh makes "High Sierra" a scathing look at straight-and-narrow society and uses Mt. Whitney as Bogart's isolated and lonely last stand. Kinetically energetic, but also with a far-fetched plot. I give it a 4/5.
High on High Sierra
- Dalton Trogdon Jr.
Do you love Bogie? Do you love Film Noir? This film must be included in any list of the great Warner crime dramas. Roy Earle is the archetype for every heel with a heart who has come after him. The cast alone should be enough to lure any lover of this genre. There are two worlds in this movie. People like Pa and Velma live in one world and Roy would like to inhabit it but he has lived too long in his own. Roy is aging and tired of prison but one last big job is needed to repay favors and finance his retirement. He describes to Ida Lupino's character the feeling of crashing out of prison. In the end he does crash out in a spectacular ending on top of a mountain. This film is in my top 5 all-time in the Film Noir genre. I understand that every movie can't be put on dvd or blue-ray but this one is a treasure.
Truly Bogie's Star Turn,Thanks George Raft
Bogie makes this his,better star-maker than The Petrified Forest
One of the Great Gangster Movies of the 1940s.
- Frank Harris Horn
Humphrey Bogart finally achieves actual stardom as he stars in Raoul Walsh's rousing (if not exactly credible) gangster caper adapted for the big screen by John Huston from the novel by W.R. Burnett. Although Bogie is the main character in the movie, top billing went to Ida Lupino, who plays a gangster's moll. Bogie is Roy "Mad Dog" Earle, a newly-released ex-convict, who intends to make one last score with a small mob hiding out in a mountain cabin. A caper that would lead to a police chase in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Also starring Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Alan Curtis, Henry Travers, Jerome Cowan, Barton MacLane, Henry Hull, Elizabeth Risdon, Cornel Wilde, Donald MacBride, Paul Harvey, Isabel Jewell, George Meeker, Willie Best & John Eldredge.
For me, this was always about true love.
High Sierra is a must see
When I first saw High Sierra I already wanted my own copy. You instantly get into the story and the characters. Also, this is Humphrey Bogarts breakout role. The last scene has a great stunt you'll watch over and over. It's a 10 out of 10.