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The Petrified Forest (1936)

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A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

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Storyline

Gabby lives and works at her dads small diner out in the desert. She can't stand it and wants to go and live with her mother in France. Along comes Alan, a broke man with no will to live, who is traveling to see the pacific, and maybe to drown in it. Meanwhile Duke Mantee a notorious killer and his gang is heading towards the diner where Mantee plan on meeting up with his girl. Written by MarlicOne {imdb@motechnet.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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AGAIN THEY TRIUMPH!...The stars of 'Human Bondage' in a picture greater than the play!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Release Date:

8 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petrified Forest  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mounted on the wall of the diner in which the story takes place is the headdress of a Native American medicine man, which resembles the horned head of an American buffalo. Director Archie Mayo staged many of the film's shots with the head of actor Humphrey Bogart (playing "world-famous murderer Duke Mantee") framed by the headdress mounted on the wall behind him. The composition of these shots, which appear throughout the second half of the film, result in the appearance of a demon's horns sprouting from Mantee's head. See more »

Goofs

When Allan examines Gabrielle's paintings on the roof, the position of his hands changes, from hooked around the top edge of the stack of paintings to resting on them about two-thirds of the way down, between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Talking about signing his $5,000.00 life insurance policy over to Gabby]
Mrs. Edith Chisholm: You're in love with her, aren't you?
Alan Squier: Yes, I suppose I am. And not unreasonably. She has heroic stuff in her. She may be one of the immortal women of France. Another Joan of Arc, George Sand, Madame Curie, or Du Barry. I want to show her that I believe in her, and how else can I do it? Living, I'm worth nothing to her. Dead, I can buy her the tallest cathedrals, golden vineyards, and dancing in the streets. One ...
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Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: The Petrified Florist (1993) See more »

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I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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A Leslie Howard Classic
2 November 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews



Based on the stunningly emotion play of the same title Petrified Forest is the tale that Acting great Leslie Howard will always be remembered for.He is at the heart of this film as a disillusioned intellectual whose personality never survived the war. Bette Davis is also strong as the waitress who Howard shares his secrets with. Humphrey Bogart made an impressive screen debut repeating the role of Duke Mantee at Howard's insistence. Howard and Bogart played the roles on stage and it is a treasure to see these two actors performances preserved for posterity. Those on this page who have questioned Howard's portrayal of his role are obviously missing the entire emotional through line of his role. Howard was far ahead of his time, an extremely naturalistic actor in a Hollywood obsessed by type casting. Watch this film and be moved by the story. you won't regret it.


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