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310 Ratings

The Petrified Forest

Directed by Archie Mayo
United States, 1936
Crime, Drama, Film noir


A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

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The Petrified Forest Directed by Archie Mayo

Critics reviews

Both of the leads’ shortcomings are likely due to the too-faithful retelling and Mayo’s stodgy direction, though Bogart stands out more in light of these failings. Still, the lamentable histrionics and isolated setting lend a haphazard surrealism to an otherwise rote adaptation. It’s not great, but it’s good, and Bogart’s turn as a John Dillinger-esque gangster portends an illustrious career that was both singular and sweeping.
October 09, 2015
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