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The Petrified Forest (1936) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Archie Mayo and produced by Hal B. Wallis.

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A Floresta Petrificada / The Petrified Forest (1936)

By L? on Apr 7, 2018 From Critica Retro

A Floresta Petrificada / The Petrified Forest (1936) Quantos filmes interessantes come?am em um posto de gasoline / restaurante? Vejamos: “Beija-me, Idiota” (1964) ? o primeiro que me vem ? mente. Tamb?m h? “Fuga do Passado” (1947) e muitos outros filmes noir. Mas em ... Read full article


The Petrified Forest (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 9, 2015 From 4 Star Films

If I dare say this film begins as a rather dull budding love story between a philosophical drifting author (Leslie Howard) and a inquisitive young server (Bette Davis) at a roadside gas station in Arizona. It looks like it’s not to be as he is intent on moving on but then comes murderer Duke M... Read full article


The Petrified Forest (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 9, 2015 From 4 Star Films

If I dare say this film begins as a rather dull budding love story between a philosophical drifting author (Leslie Howard) and a inquisitive young server (Bette Davis) at a roadside gas station in Arizona. It looks like it’s not to be as he is intent on moving on but then comes murderer Duke M... Read full article


The Screen Guild Theater Presents: The Petrified Forest – 1940

By Bogart Fan on Jan 18, 2015 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Review ?Needs More Bogart? Honorary Bogie Radio Fix: The Lowdown For my full synopsis of the plot to The Petrified Forest click here. What I Thought This one was just another amazing jewel to be found as an extra on the ?Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection? box set. While the play/film was... Read full article


The Bogart Film Affair Ep 5 – The Petrified Forest

By Bogart Fan on Jan 4, 2015 From The Bogie Film Blog

It’s a week late, but here’s episode 5 of ‘The Bogart Film Affair’ podcast! I discuss 1936’s The Petrified Forest with Bogart, Bette Davis, and Leslie Howard, as well as the 1955 made-for-television version where Bogart reprises his iconic gangster role with Lauren Baca... Read full article


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Alan Squier: The trouble with me, Gabrielle, is I, I belong to a vanishing race. I'm one of the intellectuals.
Gabrielle Maple: That, that means you've got brains!
Alan Squier: Hmmm. Yes. Brains without purpose. Noise without sound, shape without substance.


Duke Mantee: Maybe you're right, pal.
Alan Squier: Oh, I'm eternally right. But what good does it do me?


[Talking about signing his $5,000.00 life insurance policy over to Gabby]
Mrs. Edith Chisholm: You're in love with her, aren't you?
Alan Squier: Yes, I suppose I am. And not unreasonably. She has heroic stuff in her. She may be one of the immortal women of France. Another Joan of Arc, George Sand, Madame Curie, or Du Barry. I want to show her that I believe in her, and how else can I do it? Living, I'm worth nothing to her. Dead, I can buy her the tallest cathedrals, golden vineyards, and dancing in the streets. One well-directed bullet will accomplish all that, and it'll earn a measure of reflected glory for him that fired it and him that stopped it. This document will be my ticket to immortality. It'll inspire people to say of me, "There was an artist who died before his time." Will you do it, Duke?
Duke Mantee: I'll be glad to.


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The character of Duke Mantee was mainly inspired by bank robber John Dillinger.
Mounted on the wall of the diner in which the story takes place is the headdress of a Native American medicine man, which resembles the horned head of an American buffalo. Director Archie Mayo staged many of the film's shots with the head of actor Humphrey Bogart (playing "world-famous murderer Duke Mantee") framed by the headdress mounted on the wall behind him. The composition of these shots, which appear throughout the second half of the film, result in the appearance of a demon's horns sprouting from Mantee's head.
The original Broadway version also featured John Alexander and Slim Thompson, who recreate their roles in this film. The stage production opened Jan. 7, 1935 at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York and ran for 197 performances.
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