The Petrified Forest

1936 • 82 minutes
28 reviews
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A rundown diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young Gabby Maple and a handful of others hostage. As trapped as his captives, Mantee admits: "It looks like I'll spend the rest of my life dead."The Petrified Forest, Robert E. Sherwood's 1935 Broadway success about survival of the fittest in the modern world, hit the screen a year later with Leslie Howard (Squier) and Humphrey Bogart (Mantee) magnificently recreating their stage roles and Bette Davis (Gabby) ably reteaming with her Of Human Bondage co-star Howard. Sherwood initially wanted Bogart for a smaller role. "I thought Sherwood was right," Bogart said. "I couldn't picture myself playing a gangster. So what happened? I made a hit as the gangster." So right was he that Howard refused to make the film without him...and helped launch Bogey's brilliant movie career. Year: 1936 Director: Archie Mayo Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart Special Feature: Original Theatrical Trailer B&W/83 Mins. #Trailer #WB

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28 reviews
Abe Maestas
October 22, 2017
Great performances from Davis, Bogart, and Howard
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Nathaniel Avoures
October 14, 2020
Interactive movie timely
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chip zehnder
January 18, 2020
A classic 5+
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