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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 »
Genre:
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:
A Leslie Howard Classic See more (86 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)
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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)

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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:
Continuity: When Allan examines Gabrielle's paintings on the roof, the position of his hands changes, from hooked around the top edge of the stack of paintings to resting on them about two-thirds of the way down, between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Gabrielle Maple:Petrified forest is a lot of dead trees in the desert that have turned to stone. Here's a good specimen.
Alan Squier:So that was once a tree? Hmmm. Petrified forest, eh? Suitable haven for me. Well, perhaps that's what I'm destined to become, an interesting fossil for future study.
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Soundtrack:
I'd Rather Listen to Your EyesSee more »

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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A Leslie Howard Classic, 2 November 1999
Author: peacham from Pa.



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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