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High Sierra was filmed in 1941 with Humphrey Bogart playing a weary robber named Roy "Mad Dog" Earle who's early release from prison is engineered by the mob so he can do a job. Humphrey Bogart meets up with Alan Curtis and Arthur Kennedy to rob the Tropico Hotel. Alan Curtis and Arthur Kennedy pick up a Taxi Dancer named Marie played by Ida Lupino which adds a complicated twist to the group. They pull of the robbery but Alan Curtis and Arthur Kennedy are involved in a crash which put the cops hot on their trail. Unable to fence the stolen jewels right away Roy "Mad Dog" Earle and Marie split up to try and make it to Nevada. Humphrey Bogart comes across a road block and heads deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains for his final stand.
The screenplay was co-written by John Huston and adapted from the novel by William R. Burnett (also known for, among others, Little Caesar and Scarface). The film cemented a strong personal and professional connection between Bogart and Huston and provided the breakthrough in Bogart's career, transforming him from supporting player to leading man.
The following weapons were used in the film High Sierra:
Colt 1911 Pistol
Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Humphrey Bogart) and Jake Kranmer (Barton MacLane) both use Colt 1911s throughout the film.
Colt 1911 Pistol - .45 ACP
Earle with a M1911 in his hand
Earle's 1911 on top of a magazine.
Earle with a 1911 in his hand as he robs the Tropico
with twin 1911s. A costume and makeup test for the movie with Bogart in character as "Mad Dog" Earle. Photographed in July 1940.
Colt Official Police Revolver
'Babe' (Alan Curtis) carries a Colt Official Police. A Tropico security guard uses an Official Police as well.
Example of Colt Official Police - .38 Special
'Babe' with a in his hand as he robs the Tropico
A Tropico Security guard with a Colt Official Police as he is shot
Winchester 1892 Carbine
Police and Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Humphrey Bogart) use Winchester Model 1892 carbines.
Winchester 1892 Carbine - .44-40
The Sheriff holding an 1892.
Earle sitting with an 1892 near him.
1903 Springfield Sporter
A sporterized M1903 Springfield is used by the sniper Slim (Frank Cordell) during the film's climax.
Sporterized M1903 Springfield
Bogart posing with the Springfield in a publicity photo.
Colt 1921 Thompson
Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Humphrey Bogart) uses a Colt 1921 Thompson.
Colt 1921 Thompson Submachine Gun - .45 ACP
Earle firing his Colt 1921 Thompson.
Winchester Model 1912 Shotgun
Makeup and costume test photos of Humphrey Bogart in character as Roy "Mad Dog" Earle with the Winchester Model 1912. Photos are dated July 1940.
Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge