The Petrified Forest
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The Petrified Forest
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 ride from wealthy tourists Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm (Paul Harvey and Genevieve Tobin), he's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bogart's breakout, and for good reason."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Bogie's breakout film still impresses."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Stagebound and very literary, but still good,"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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)"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gangster Existentialism deluxe."
‑ Michael H. Price, Fort Worth Business Press
"Huch of what's on display here evokes a society on the decline."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Slant Magazine
"Award-winning adaptation"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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