The Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest (1936)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 8, 1936
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Darker looks have never been cast on celluloid.

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Chris Barsanti
Slant Magazine

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

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Award-winning adaptation

Josh Larsen

Bogart's breakout, and for good reason.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Bogie's breakout film still impresses.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Stagebound and very literary, but still good,

Emanuel Levy

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)

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Michael H. Price
Fort Worth Business Press

Gangster Existentialism deluxe.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
a "classic" that really doesn't hold up. pretty bad, actually.
Ken Stachnik
Leslie Howard and Betty Davis have zero chemistry in this film. However the unexpected story and Bogart make this film a real pleasure.
Aj V
An interesting love story wrapped up in a crime thriller story. A bit long and talky, though, but pretty good.
Michael Gildea
Bette Davis is still cute and Bogart is frightening in one of his first movies.
danny d
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… More
Rico Zamora
It's so true when people say that they don't make movies like these anymore. First of all, the script to this moral story is exemplary and almost… More