The Petrified Forest (1936)

72 or 83 mins | Drama | 8 February 1936

Director:

Archie Mayo

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Both Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart starred in the stage version of Robert Sherwood's play. Contemporary sources note that Howard's acceptance of the role of "Alan Squier" was contingent on Bogart playing "Duke Mantee." Bogart's success resulted in a long term contract with the studio. Warner Bros. files indicate that Arthur Aylesworth replaced Willard Robertson, Chic Sale was considered for "Gramp" and Veree Teasdale was considered for "Mrs. Chisholm." DV notes that the film was shot on location at Red Rock Canyon, CA. After shooting two different endings, the studio decided to retain the one which ended the play in which the character played by Howard is killed. Modern sources credit Bernhard Kaun with the musical score. Warner Bros. remade the play as Escape in the Desert (1945, see above), directed by Edward A. Blatt and starring Philip Horn and Helmut Dantine. Another version of the play was broadcast on the NBC Television network on 30 May 1955 as part of the Producer's Showcase series. In that version, also entitled The Petrified Forest , Bogart recreated his role, co-starring with Henry Fonda as Squier and Lauren Bacall as "Gaby Maple." ... More Less

Both Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart starred in the stage version of Robert Sherwood's play. Contemporary sources note that Howard's acceptance of the role of "Alan Squier" was contingent on Bogart playing "Duke Mantee." Bogart's success resulted in a long term contract with the studio. Warner Bros. files indicate that Arthur Aylesworth replaced Willard Robertson, Chic Sale was considered for "Gramp" and Veree Teasdale was considered for "Mrs. Chisholm." DV notes that the film was shot on location at Red Rock Canyon, CA. After shooting two different endings, the studio decided to retain the one which ended the play in which the character played by Howard is killed. Modern sources credit Bernhard Kaun with the musical score. Warner Bros. remade the play as Escape in the Desert (1945, see above), directed by Edward A. Blatt and starring Philip Horn and Helmut Dantine. Another version of the play was broadcast on the NBC Television network on 30 May 1955 as part of the Producer's Showcase series. In that version, also entitled The Petrified Forest , Bogart recreated his role, co-starring with Henry Fonda as Squier and Lauren Bacall as "Gaby Maple." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Nov 35
p. 4.
Daily Variety
4 Dec 35
p. 1.
Daily Variety
7 Jan 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Jan 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Jan 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Nov 35
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jan 36
p. 46.
New York Times
7 Feb 36
p. 14.
Variety
12 Feb 36
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost
Wardrobe man
Wardrobe woman
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Petrified Forest by Robert Sherwood (New York, 7 Jan 1935).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 February 1936
Production Date:
14 October--30 November 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 February 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6118
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 83
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1751
SYNOPSIS

Alan Squier, a disillusioned and destitute intellectual, is hitch-hiking across the Arizona desert. He arrives at the desolate Black Mesa Bar-B-Q, where he meets the naively idealistic Gabrielle Maple, whose internal struggle reflects her mixed heritage. Half romantic French, half practical American, Gaby dreams of escaping her dull life to live in France. She is immediately attracted to Alan's lofty philosophies, but their short-lived, innocent romance is shattered by the sudden arrival of Duke Mantee and his gang. Mantee, a brutal killer heading for the Mexican border, uses the restaurant as his hide-out, holding a small group captive while he waits for his girl. Under the strain of captivity, each hostage displays his true nature. The wealthy Edith Chisholm regrets the loss of her goals in exchange for a shallow life with Mr. Chisholm. Boze Hertzlinger, a local football star who is infatuated with Gaby, finds out that brute, physical strength is no match for an outlaw's gun. Finally, Alan admits that he is living in a world of outmoded ideas and strikes a deal with Mantee. Alan will sign his life insurance over to Gaby, if Mantee agrees to shoot him. Gaby, ignorant of Alan's sacrifice, inherits his money to pursue her dream. Duke escapes to meet certain death at the hands of the ... +


Alan Squier, a disillusioned and destitute intellectual, is hitch-hiking across the Arizona desert. He arrives at the desolate Black Mesa Bar-B-Q, where he meets the naively idealistic Gabrielle Maple, whose internal struggle reflects her mixed heritage. Half romantic French, half practical American, Gaby dreams of escaping her dull life to live in France. She is immediately attracted to Alan's lofty philosophies, but their short-lived, innocent romance is shattered by the sudden arrival of Duke Mantee and his gang. Mantee, a brutal killer heading for the Mexican border, uses the restaurant as his hide-out, holding a small group captive while he waits for his girl. Under the strain of captivity, each hostage displays his true nature. The wealthy Edith Chisholm regrets the loss of her goals in exchange for a shallow life with Mr. Chisholm. Boze Hertzlinger, a local football star who is infatuated with Gaby, finds out that brute, physical strength is no match for an outlaw's gun. Finally, Alan admits that he is living in a world of outmoded ideas and strikes a deal with Mantee. Alan will sign his life insurance over to Gaby, if Mantee agrees to shoot him. Gaby, ignorant of Alan's sacrifice, inherits his money to pursue her dream. Duke escapes to meet certain death at the hands of the authorities. +

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