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The Petrified Forest -- Oscar-winner Humphrey Bogart stars as Duke Mantee, an escaped convict who holds customers hostage at a remote desert diner.
The Petrified Forest -- Trailer for this film based on the Broadway hit

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Director:
Writers:
Charles Kenyon (screen play) and
Delmer Daves (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
8 February 1936 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
AGAIN THEY TRIUMPH!...The stars of 'Human Bondage' in a picture greater than the play!
Plot:
A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
An amazingly relevant piece of cinema... See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Howard ... Alan Squier

Bette Davis ... Gabrielle Maple

Genevieve Tobin ... Mrs. Chisholm

Dick Foran ... Boze Hertzlinger

Humphrey Bogart ... Duke Mantee
Joe Sawyer ... Jackie (as Joseph Sawyer)

Porter Hall ... Jason Maple

Charley Grapewin ... Gramp Maple
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Chisholm
Eddie Acuff ... Lineman
Adrian Morris ... Ruby
Nina Campana ... Paula
Slim Thompson ... Slim
John Alexander ... Joseph
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Aylesworth ... Commander of the Black Horse Troopers (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Deputy (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Sheriff (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Black Horse Trooper (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Jim - Postman (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Driver (uncredited)
Henry O'Neill ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Addison Richards ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Francis J. Scheid ... Second Lineman (uncredited)
Perc Teeple ... Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo  (as Archie L. Mayo)
 
Writing credits
Charles Kenyon (screen play) and
Delmer Daves (screen play)

Robert E. Sherwood (play) (as Robert Emmet Sherwood)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
W.H. Patterson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Warren Lynch .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Willard Van Enger .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ellis .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Green .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dery .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henry Blanke .... supervisor (uncredited)
Flo O'Neill .... script clerk (uncredited)
Carl Schaefer .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Petrified Forest" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
82 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1946) | Finland:(Banned) (1936) | Germany:6 | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1936) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #1751) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Duke Mantee:Here is to happy days.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'd Rather Listen to Your EyesSee more »

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34 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
An amazingly relevant piece of cinema..., 1 June 2000

The best context to look at "The Petrified Forest" is through the context of the first great disaster of the 20th Century: World War I (or, as it was known then, "The Great War"). I had just finished reading a long, thorough history of World War I when I saw this one and even though this is some twenty years after that awful catastrophe (all wars usually are, but this one especially), one can still feel it's aftershocks rolling through that desolate landscape. Maybe that's why Leslie Howard's character, Alan Squier, wound up wandering through there, as it probably reminded him of more than a few days and nights in No Man's Land (a term invented by the Great War to describe the space between enemy lines). A lot of non-American WWI veterans came out of it really messed up. The whole foundation of the 19th century's ideals had been laid to waste by this new and brutal world that WWI brought about. So it's not very suprising to me that Squier feels "obsolete", as he puts it; the role he had hoped to take with his world doesn't even exist. The best he can do is give Gabrielle Maple the chance he can never have.

Duke Mantee (played by Bogie in a superb, breakthrough performance) is also a relic, but from a different period, that of the Roaring Twenties. Not for nothing were such outlaws as John Dillenger and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow glamourized during this period; one could possibly point to our current fascination with serial killers as this phenomenon's modern equivalent. But by 1936, the period of the romantic outlaw was drawing to a close if it wasn't already over (a point made five years later in "High Sierra"). Mantee is totally without hope of escape or even a reprieve. He sees his fate as clear as day and doesn't kid himself about his chances of eluding it forever. That, more than anything, would explain his rapproachment with Squier and perhaps his reluctance to shoot him until Squier gives him no choice. Mantee may know his own fate well enough, but he has no wish to inflict that fate on someone in the same position.

Granted, there's a lot more layers and angles going on in "The Petrified Forest" than what I've just mentioned here, but this was the one that grabbed the most. Because human nature doesn't change that much, perhaps that's why this brilliant stage piece still holds my respect.

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