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Director:
Writers:
Charles Kenyon (screen play by) and
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Release Date:
8 February 1936 (USA) See more »
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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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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 by) and
Delmer Daves (screen play by)

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

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography by)
 
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 Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 7, 1940 with Humphrey Bogart reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the beginning of the film where Boze is flirting with Gabrielle while she reads poetry by the gas-pumps, he tells her that he has never been married. He is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.206" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'd Rather Listen to Your EyesSee more »

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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Danger in the Desert, 11 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Robert Sherwood's The Petrified Forest had a run in 1935 on Broadway for the first half of that year. Warner Brothers bought the film rights and shot it the following year. Leslie Howard and at his insistence, Humphrey Bogart, came west to repeat their stage roles.

For Bogart it was a return to bigger acclaim than he had gotten in his first trip to Hollywood in the early Thirties. He hadn't made much of an impression then, but he was in Tinseltown to stay after The Petrified Forest and his frightening characterization of criminal on the run, Duke Mantee.

The Petrified Forest takes place in a filling station/greasy spoon truck stop on the edge of the Arizona desert. About as desolate a place as you'll find. Three generations of the Maple family own and operate the place. Grandpa Charley Grapewin, Father Porter Hall, and daughter Bette Davis who dreams about the fact there's more to life than this nowhere place. Bette also has to contend with former college football star Dick Foran and his clumsy efforts at courtship.

Along comes Alan Squier played by Leslie Howard who's a blase world weary vagabond who's seen better days. He and Davis hit it off and she comes to realize that there is a great big world out there.

The first third of the movie involves the two of them and I have to say that in the mouths of players less skilled than these two, Robert Sherwood's dialog would have sounded like so much romantic drivel.

For Davis, Gabrielle Maple is a unique part and not one she'd play later on as her features hardened. An intelligent and romantic young girl is not a typical Bette Davis part, but she does bring it off.

As for Howard, Alan Squier is a typical part for him. Not too much different than Ashley Wilkes or Philip Scott from The 49th Parallel.

The remainder of the film is when Duke Mantee and his gang take refuge at the filling station and hold captive anyone who's there or wanders in. A lot of souls are bared under Mantee's guns and the climax is spectacular.

Two other actors who repeated their Broadway roles are Joseph Alexander who's the chauffeur of a rich couple who stop at the filling station and Slim Thompson a member of Mantee's gang. Both of these players are black.

Joseph Alexander is a menial and Slim Thompson really rubs it in to him, telling him the day of liberation has come for some time now. In 1936 that was practically revolutionary.

Alexander had a substantial career, but I have no idea what happened to Thompson. He had no other film credits and only one other stage appearance on Broadway in the original production of Anna Lucasta.

Moviegoers of all generations should thank Leslie Howard for insisting on Humphrey Bogart being in this film and helping to create a screen legend.

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