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The Petrified Forest (1936)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 8 February 1936 (USA)
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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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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}

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


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8 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Petrified Forest  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart had played the same roles in the stage version. Warner Bros. wanted to put Howard in the film but replace Bogart with Edward G. Robinson. Howard insisted on Bogart, sending a telegram to Jack Warner which read "Insist Bogart play Mantee; no Bogart, no deal." Bogart would later name his second child with Lauren Bacall Leslie, in honor of Howard, the man who gave him his first big break. See more »

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When Mrs. Chisholm is telling Gabby about missed opportunities, she gets a reaction from Mr. Chisholm. At the end of the interaction, Mr. Chisholm rests his face on his open hand. When the angle changes in the next shot, his face is resting on his balled up fist and knuckles. See more »

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Alan Squier: Tell us, Duke, what kind of a life have you had?
Duke Mantee: What do you think? I spend most of my time since I grew up in jail - it looks like I'll spend the rest of my life dead
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Referenced in Hollywood Boulevard (1976) See more »

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I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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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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