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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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(as Archie L. Mayo)

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(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Aspect Ratio:

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

In the scene where the rich couple and their black servant return to the gas station, behind Bogart a window opens. The football jock flinches, the sound of the window hitting open is heard and that sound is repeated when the window actually opens shown by Bogart turning around. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Cooper: Now, just behave yourself and nobody'll get hurt. This is Duke Mantee, the world-famous killer, and he's hungry!
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I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio
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American Classic...
20 April 1999 | by (Port Orchard, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie needs better spokespeople! So here goes: take Bogart, Howard, Davis. Classic story with modern undertones. Stage play that works on screen. Clever dialog. Bittersweet longing for a better place. Missed chances for love. Violent gangsters. Quaint desert cafes. Mix in blender: out comes a classic from 1936 which still tastes good today.

Don't miss it. You can't talk about American cinema until you've seen this one, too.


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