The Petrified Forest (1936) starring Leslie Howard , Bette Davis , Genevieve Tobin, Humphrey Bogart
Synopsis of The Petrified Forest
In The Petrified Forest, Oscar-winner Humphrey Bogart stars as Duke Mantee, an escaped convict who holds customers hostage at a remote desert diner.
- Leslie Howard (Gone with the Wind) … Alan Squier. The divorced, aimless intellectual. He’s fatalistic, but walks back to the diner to warn them when Duke Mantee takes the Chisolm’s car. Unaware that Duke and his gang are already there.
- Bette Davis (All About Eve) … Gabrielle Maple. The pretty young lady at the center of the drama. There’s a romantic triangle between her, Boze, and Alan. She’s fallen in love with him very quickly. She wants to get out of the desert, and see the world.
- Genevieve Tobin (The Case of the Lucky Legs) … Mrs. Chisholm. Chisolm’s wife, who’s easily unhappy, and taking it out on her husband.
- Dick Foran (Black Legion) … Boze Hertzlinger. “Number 42” – who thinks he’s Gabrielle’s boyfriend. But she doesn’t think so. More brawn than brains.
- Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca) … Duke Mantee. Gangster on the run. “World famous killer”.
- Joe Sawyer (Sergeant York) … Jackie.
- Porter Hall (Going My Way) … Jason Maple
- Charley Grapewin … Gramp Maple. Gabrielle’s grandfather, who’s actually excited when the gangsters arrive. He apparently drinks too much for Gabrielle’s taste.
- Paul Harvey (April in Paris) … Mr. Chisholm. Who’s unfortunate enough to have his car stolen by Duke Mantee. Joseph tries to get Mantee’s car working, so they can get out of the desert to safety.
- Eddie Acuff (Blondie Meets the Boss) … Lineman
- Adrian Morris … Ruby. Part of Mantee’s gang.
- Nina Campana … Paula
- Slim Thompson … Slim. Another member of Duke’s gang.
- John Alexander (Arsenic and Old Lace) … Joseph. The Chisolm’s chauffeur.
Oscar-winner Humphrey Bogart (“Casablanca“) stars as Duke Mantee, an escaped convict who holds customers hostage at a remote desert diner. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Bette Davis (“All About Eve“) and Oscar-winner Leslie Howard (“Gone with the Wind“) star in this gripping drama. Maltin calls it “extremely well-acted and suprisingly fresh.”