The Petrified Forest (1936)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2005


as Alan Squier

as Gabrielle Maple

as Duke Mantee

as Boze Hertzlinger

as Mrs. Chisholm

as Jackie

as Jason Maple

as Gramp Maple

as Mr. Chisholm

as Lineman

as Joseph the Chauffeur

as Commander of Black H...

as Trooper

as Mantee's Girl

as 2nd Lineman

as Postman

as Sheriff

as Radio Announcer

as Gramp Maple

as Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for The Petrified Forest

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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New York Times
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Chicago Reader
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Bogart's breakout, and for good reason.

Full Review… | October 13, 2013

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)

Full Review… | July 5, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Petrified Forest

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

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


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

Aj V

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.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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