High Sierra (1941) is an early heist film and film noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston from the novel by Burnett. The movie features Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart and was directed by Raoul Walsh on location at Whitney Portal, halfway up Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada of California.
Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" is among the best works of American detective fiction of that era and also sparked a run of crime-oriented noir films. But too few of those had Bogart, Bacall starring and Howard Hawks in the director's chair. And yeah, Marlowe always had that flask of rye handy in his coat pocket for any, uh, emergency.
The world is full of dames: Bacall was Bogart's fourth wife. Humphrey Bogart has been dead for more than half a century. Yet during his lifetime, and in the decades since his death, he acquired the enduring iconic status that only a very few stars achieve.His image, like that of Greta Garbo or Marilyn Monroe, is at the same time so familiar as to be almost empty of meaning, and haunted by emotion too complicated to express.