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US 83m, B&W
Director: Archie Mayo; Cast: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran
The Petrified Forest is a melodrama that takes place in an Arizona roadside diner during the Great Depression. Meeting Alan, a disillusioned British writer-turned-drifter, Gabrielle, the daughter of a French war bride falls in love and dreams of travelling to Europe with her new-found penniless customer. The film takes a dramatic twist when a notorious criminal and his gang take over the diner at gunpoint. An emotionally dark film, The Petrified Forest introduces Bogart as Duke Mantee, a John Dillinger inspired character which helped establish his tough guy film persona (Klaus Ming September 2013).