The Petrified Forest

Closed Capationed Starring: Humphrey Bogart & Bette Davis Director: Archie Mayo
Rating 4.3
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DVD Features:

  • Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1936 with Newsreel, Musical Short Rhythmitis, Cartoon The Coo Coo Nut Grove and Theatrical Trailors
  • New featurette The Petrified Forest: Menace in the Desert
  • Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
  • Audio-Only: Radio Adaptation Starring Bogart, Tyrone Power and Joan Bennett
  • Subtitled in English, French & Spanish.
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer

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Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 01/23/2005
"Bogart more than met the challenge, giving a terrifying, menacing performance as Mantee, turning his movie career around."

Description by OLDIES.com:

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 recreating their stage roles and Bette Davis ably reteaming with her Of Human Bondage co-star Howard. 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 was he that Howard refused to make the film without him...and helped launch Bogie's brilliant movie career.

Product Description:

This heartfelt drama about a gangster on the run is the film for which Humphrey Bogart first received wide-scale recognition. Bogie and costar Leslie Howard were both brought on board after appearing in the successful stage play by Pulitzer prize-winner Robert E. Sherwood. Director Archie Mayo follows the original closely to create a fast-paced and gripping suspense drama with existential motifs. Leslie Howard plays a perfect gentleman--a lonely intellectual in search of meaning. When he lands in a deserted café, he finds what he's looking for in the form of young Bette Davis, whose character yearns for the artistic climate of gay Paris. But both Howard and Davis are in for a bumpy ride when dangerous gangster played by Bogart takes over, holding up the joint at gunpoint. The small group of hostages take turns telling their tales, fearing death, while Bogie plots to reunite with his gang and his girl. Few films in history can stand up to THE PETRIFIED FOREST, which combines the words of literary giant Robert E. Sherwood with the sizzling performances of Howard, Davis, and Bogart.

Description by Warner Home Video:

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. As trapped as his captives, Mantee admits: "It looks like I'll spend the rest of my life dead."
The Petrified Forest, Robert E. Sherwood's 1935 Broadway success about survival of the fittest in the modern world, hit the screen a year later with Leslie Howard (Squier) and Humphrey Bogart (Mantee) magnificently recreating their stage roles and Bette Davis (Gabby) ably reteaming with her Of Human Bondage co-star Howard. Sherwood initially 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 was he that Howard refused to make the film without him...and helped launch Bogey's brilliant movie career.

Plot Synopsis:

Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart star in this Hollywood classic about naive travelers held up by gangsters at a filling station in the Arizona desert.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Crime | Essential Cinema | Kidnapping And Missing Persons | On-The-Run | Organized Crime | Recommended | Suspense | Thriller

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