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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

The original Broadway version also featured John Alexander and Slim Thompson, who recreate their roles in this film. The stage production opened Jan. 7, 1935 at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York and ran for 197 performances. See more »

Goofs

Numerous saguaro cacti are visible in background shots. The saguaro grows only in the Sonoran Desert; the Petrified Forest is well north of the Sonoran Desert. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Humphrey Bogart: Behind the Legend (1994) See more »

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I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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A question of simplicity...

Who would be the best actor to play a failed writer, a romantic dreamer? Yeah, Leslie Howard seems to be a nice choice... And what if we take this pretty and young Bette Davis (before she becomes the best villain in the story of cinema) and make her play a rebel girl that's longing for a new life far away from that dusty Arizona hole she lives in? Lastly we give Humphrey Bogart the role of a bloodthirsty gangster that walks like a bulldog... Now that we have the perfect cast we just have to write a simple film-noir script, full of humor and with some touches of poetry and romanticism. That's it, a 80 minutes long wonder.

This is cinema, my friends. Quite a lesson of how to create characters and how to make a great movie with a few sets and with six or seven actors. "Petrified Forest" is 70 years old, but it'll remain magnificent for ever and ever.

*My rate: 9/10


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