The Petrified Forest

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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... read more
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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 re-teaming with her Of Human Bondage co-star Howard. Sherwood initially wanted Bogart for a smaller role in this 1936 classic. "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.

Original Release

02/08/1936

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Cast

Humphrey Bogart Duke Mantee
Bette Davis Gabrielle Maple
Leslie Howard Alan Squier
Genevieve Tobin Mrs. Chisholm
Dick Foran Boze Hertzlinger
Joe Sawyer Jackie (as Joseph Sawyer)
Porter Hall Jason Maple
Charley Grapewin Gramp Maple
Paul Harvey Mr. Chisholm
Eddie Acuff Lineman
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Archie Mayo

Writers

Delmer Daves, Charles Kenyon, Robert E. Sherwood

Cast

Humphrey Bogart Duke Mantee
Bette Davis Gabrielle Maple
Leslie Howard Alan Squier
Genevieve Tobin Mrs. Chisholm
Dick Foran Boze Hertzlinger
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
Arthur Aylesworth Commander of the Black Horse Troopers
Jack Cheatham Deputy
Jim Farley Sheriff
George Guhl Black Horse Trooper
Gus Leonard Jim - Postman
Tom McGuire Driver

Producers

Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Hal B. Wallis Producer

Editors

Owen Marks

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