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Petrified Forest


A rundown diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young Gabby Maple and a handful of others hostage. The Petrified Forest, Robert E. Sherwood’s 1935 Broadway success about survival of the fittest, hit the screen a year later with Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart magnificently re-creating their stage roles and Bette Davis ably reteaming with Howard, her Of Human Bondage costar. Sherwood first wanted Bogart for a smaller role. “I thought Sherwood was right,” Bogart said. “I couldn’t picture myself playing a gangster. So what happened? I made a hit as the gangster.” So right for the part was he that Howard refused to make the film without him and helped launch Bogie’s brilliant movie career.


  • Year: 1936
  • Running Time: 82
  • Color Type: Black and White
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Country: U.S.
  • Language: English

Directed by Archie L Mayo

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