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Director:
Writers:
Charles Kenyon (screen play) and
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Release Date:
8 February 1936 (USA) See more »
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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)
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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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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:
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:
Continuity: In the scene where the rich couple and their black servant return to the gas station, behind Bogart a window opens. The football jock flinches, the sound of the window hitting open is heard and that sound is repeated when the window actually opens shown by Bogart turning around.See more »
Quotes:
[Talking about signing his $5,000.00 life insurance policy over to Gabby]
Mrs. Edith Chisholm:You're in love with her, aren't you?
Alan Squier:Yes, I suppose I am. And not unreasonably. She has heroic stuff in her. She may be one of the immortal women of France. Another Joan of Arc, George Sand, Madame Curie, or Du Barry. I want to show her that I believe in her, and how else can I do it? Living...
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68 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
The Dreams of the Discontented, 15 August 2004
Author: gmatcallahan from United States

"The Petrified Forest" (Archie Mayo, 1936) is most fascinating for its eager willingness to voice criticisms of wealth, power, authority, and inequality in America. Perhaps its acute social commentary should be unsurprising considering that Warner Brothers released the romantic crime drama during the depths of the Great Depression, but it is freshly relevant just the same, striking a note that would not be witnessed in the films of the forties and fifties. In speaking to the exploitation of workers, the snobbery of corporatism, the repression of women, blacks, artists, and literary poets, the reign of gangland crime, the American government's complicit abuse of power, and the loss of individuality in an increasingly meek age, "The Petrified Forest" manages an equal-opportunity iconoclasm that belies any party affiliations. Simply put, the film is unafraid to criticize America, and it's that sense of freedom that makes it particularly delightful. Best of all, "The Petrified Forest" voices its dissent through colorful witticisms and engaging banter, never taking itself too seriously or losing its sense of humor.

"The Petrified Forest" is also particularly notable for marking Humphrey Bogart's first major screen role as the nominal villain and escaped gangster Duke Mantee. The unshaven, pompadour-sporting Bogart is leering and menacing, brooding and growling and glowering, projecting the lonely, hard-bitten cynicism that would soon become his trademark. At the same time, however, he also emerges as a sympathetic and noble figure, one who transcends his criminal trappings through a fierce sense of integrity and individuality. Not only did these hard-boiled character traits become the template for the Bogart persona, but they also serve as a source of magnetism within the film's social milieu. Aside from the corporate oilman (Mr. Chisholm, played by Paul Harvey), Duke Mantee's hostages in a desert diner come to admire and salute his rugged individualism and defiance of the status quo, even as he endangers their lives. They yearn for the empowering resistance that he embodies and the gritty social rebelliousness that he wears on his prickly face, and when the film, before its final shootout, labels the confrontation as "Duke Mantee vs. the American government," it's clear that the sympathies of its principal characters reside with the Duke.

"The Petrified Forest" is also noteworthy for the dynamic contrast between its two black characters. One of them (Joseph, played by John Alexander) is virtually the embodiment of the pre-sixties Hollywood stereotype, a meek, shuffling, subservient chauffeur who always looks to his wealthy boss for paternalistic approval before opening his mouth. The other (Slim, played by Slim Thompson) is one of Duke Mantee's gangster associates, and he's clearly a liberated, autonomous, independent soul who offers his opinions on his own accord while mocking his "colored brother" for his subservience. He's almost a figure out of 1966 rather than 1936, and the difference between these two black men highlights the social conflict that the film heeds. On one side is the ruggedly individualistic and socially defiant Duke Mantee and a black man who marches to his own beat; on the other is a fat cat corporate tycoon and his docile and emasculated black servant, who, in turn, represent the American status quo. And so while Mantee and his gangsters are nominally the villains of "The Petrified Forest," at heart they constitute the film's heroes and rousing saviors. They are the men who obliquely brighten the hopeless despair and repressed frustrations of a trapped waitress who is secretly a talented painter (Gabby Maple, played by Bette Davis) and a fatalistically passionate French drifter-poet who is hitching his way to the Pacific Ocean (Alan Squier, played by Leslie Howard). They also seem to enliven several of the other repressed characters, from the restless wife of the cowardly tycoon (Mrs. Edith Chisholm, played by Genevieve Tobin), to an ex-college football player struggling to release his pent-up energies (Nick, played by Eddie Acuff), to an old man who longs for Billy the Kid, Mark Twain, and the legendary individualists of a bygone era (Gramp Maple, played by Charley Grapewin).

To be sure, the film doesn't explicitly paint Duke Mantee and his fellow gangsters as heroic saviors, but it's clear where the film's sympathies lie.

Ultimately "The Petrified Forest" is about an umbrella of misfits and their discontent with the repressive and exploitative American establishment, and it's that pulse of iconoclasm that keeps it audacious and provocative after all these decades.

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