High Sierra (1941): Crime Drama that Catapulted Bogart to Major Movie Stardom

High Sierra changed the course of Humphrey Bogart’s career, boosting him to major stardom.

In this film Bogart showed for the first time the special qualities that were going to become an important part of his screen presence. He was a man outside of society’s law, who had his private code of ethics, private sense of loyalty, integrity and honor.

Even his onscreen death takes on a heroic dimension. He is shot down from his lofty perch atop a mountain, after displaying humanist concern for a pet dog.