Warner Archive Collection released The Petrified Forest to Blu-ray on May 21, 2013. Archie Mayo directed the film starring Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, and Bette Davis.
‘The Petrified Forest’ Movie Synopsis
A rundown diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young Gabby Maple and a handful of others hostage. As trapped as his captives, Mantee admits: “It looks like I’ll spend the rest of my life dead.”
The Petrified Forest, Robert E. Sherwood’s 1935 Broadway success about survival of the fittest in the modern world, hit the screen a year later with Leslie Howard (Squier) and Humphrey Bogart (Mantee) magnificently recreating their stage roles and Bette Davis (Gabby) ably re-teaming with her Of Human Bondage co-star Howard.
Sherwood initially wanted Bogart for a smaller role in this 1936 classic. “I thought Sherwood was right,” Bogart said. “I couldn’t picture myself playing a gangster. So what happened? I made a hit as the gangster.” So right was he that Howard refused to make the film without him…and helped launch Bogey’s brilliant movie career.