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The Petrified Forest (1936)


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Release Date: Feb 8, 1936 Wide



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Burned-out British intellectual Alan Squier (Leslie Howard) wanders into the desert service station/restaurant owned by Jason Maple (Porter Hall). Alan finds himself an object of fascination for Jason's starry-eyed daughter, Gabrielle Bette Davis, who dreams of moving to France and establishing herself. Boze Hertzlinger (Dick Foran), Gabrielle's gas-jockey boyfriend, grows jealous of Alan, but the penniless, dissipated Briton has no intention of settling down; in fact, as soon as he mooches a


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Jan 25, 2005


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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (0) | DVD (11)

Bogart's breakout, and for good reason.

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

The screen version is still a play, but it's aturning point in the movie career of Humphrey Bogart, who had played the gangster's role on stage and then in a TV version with his wife (in Bette davis role)

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Huch of what's on display here evokes a society on the decline.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Bogie's breakout film still impresses.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Gangster Existentialism deluxe.

December 8, 2004

Award-winning adaptation

June 25, 2004
Film Journal International

Stagebound and very literary, but still good,

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Petrified Forest

a "classic" that really doesn't hold up. pretty bad, actually.
April 18, 2007

Super Reviewer

An interesting love story wrapped up in a crime thriller story. A bit long and talky, though, but pretty good.
October 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

a very diologue driven gangster picture that delivers. the acting was very good and the story well told despite the fact that it was incredibly simple. the entire film essentially takes place on a single set and no "event" really takes place throughout the film, but the diologue was poetic. i just had a really good time watching people talk for 80 minutes, and the fate of these well planned characters really mattered to me. great movie.
April 15, 2008
danny d

Super Reviewer

Leslie Howard and Betty Davis have zero chemistry in this film. However the unexpected story and Bogart make this film a real pleasure.
February 2, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Alan Squier: Oh Lord, now it's going to be all over.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (10 months ago)
    1. Gabrielle Maple: Paris! That must be the most marvelous place in the world for love, isn't it Alan?
    2. Alan Squier: All places are marvelous, Gabrielle.
    3. Gabrielle Maple: Even here?
    4. Alan Squier: Especially here, my darling. As long as I live I'll be grateful to the Duke.
    5. Gabrielle Maple: Alan? Alan, will you please kiss me?
    – Submitted by Christopher B (10 months ago)
    1. Alan Squier: Well let me tell you something: you're a forgetful old fool. Any woman's worth everything that any man has to give. Anguish, ecstasy, faith, jealousy, love, hatred, life or death - don't you see that's the whole excuse for our existence. It's what makes the whole thing possible and tolerable. When you get to my age you'll learn better sense.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (10 months ago)
    1. Slim: Hi, fellow brother!
    2. Joseph the Chauffeur: Good Evening!
    – Submitted by Christopher B (10 months ago)
    1. Duke Mantee: Here's happy days.
    2. Gramp Maple: Yes sir. Certainly does feel great to have a real killer around here again!
    3. Alan Squier: Yes, it's pleasant to be back again - amongst the living.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (10 months ago)
    1. Gabrielle Maple: Wouldn't you like someone to be in love with you?
    2. Alan Squier: Yes Gabrielle, I...I would like someone in love with me.
    3. Gabrielle Maple: Do you think I'm attractive?
    4. Alan Squier: There are better words than that for what you are.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (10 months ago)
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