I watched High Sierra recently and I’m still trying to get it. I think the director wanted to paint a sympathetic portrait of a gangster figure but Bogart plays it as a softy who’s got waaaay too much time for women. Remember, real gangsters don’t have time for women unless they’re shoving a grapefruit in their face (see my post on Public Enemy for a refresher).
Now. Edward G. Robinson absolutely owns the title of ultimate gangster who still wins my sympathy which is why I was so shocked to see detective novelist W.R. Burnett’s quotation in today’s trailer for the film that made Bogart a star. “This is a finer picture than Little Caesar and I wrote both.” Seriously?? I think ab-so-lut-ly not … and I watched both. But, listen, judge for yourself since this movie is a great way to spend an evening with a big bowl of popcorn while the freezing rain glints on the windowpane.