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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.


(as Archie L. Mayo)


(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »



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After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
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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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Release Date:

8 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petrified Forest  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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(Turner library print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The first time Leslie Howard is in the restaurant at the table with Bette Davis, he is on the point of lighting his pipe; in the next shot, he is not smoking. See more »


Mrs. Edith Chisholm: I was married to this pillar of the mortage loan and trust... he took my soul and stenciled on a card and filed. And that's where I've been ever since, in an odd metal cabinet.
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Featured in The Funeral (1996) See more »


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