The Petrified Forest (DVD - SONE 1)
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Adapted from a hit Broadway play by Robert Sherwood and starring original cast members Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart, this 1936 suspense drama is set in an aging desert roadhouse café, where a young woman (Bette Davis) dreams of escaping a dead-end existence spent with her father and a lunkheaded, would-be suitor. Along comes a penniless poet (Howard), a wanderer who has made a mess of his life and crossed the hot sands as a symbolic act of meaningful futility. Davis's waitress is instantly enchanted, and in short order they begin talking about heading out to the world together. Then a twist: the world comes to them--in the form of escaped convicts, led by the monosyllabic Duke Mantee (Bogart), who secretly agrees to the poet's request that the fugitive gangster kill him. Directed by Archie Mayo (The Great American Broadcast), much of the film, perhaps inevitably, looks set-bound. Most of the action occurs in the café, and the script's tension sadly dissipates a bit as villains and hostages stay glued to their seats. The film's enduring appeal has everything to do with the leading performances: the fascinating alchemy of Howard's ethereal air, Davis's sexy urgency, and Bogart's bemused menace.
- Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1936 with newsreel, musical short Rhythmitis, cartoon The Coo Coo Nut Grove and theatrical trailers
- New featurette The Petrified Forest: Menace in the Desert
- Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
|Antall disker||1||Spilletid||1 timer 22 minutter|
|Aldersgrense||15||Undertekster||Engelsk, Fransk, Spansk|
|Lydformater||Mono 1.0 (Engelsk)||Bildeformater||Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt|
|Regissør||Archie Mayo||Skuespillere||Bette Davis, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard|