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The Petrified Forest (1930s)


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#1 kjrwe

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Posted Today, 06:43 PM

 

 

PS:  The interaction between the two black men is also very telling and interesting as it relates to the times.  

 

I love the interaction between those two!



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Posted Today, 01:35 PM

Thanks for the information in your second paragraph! As for the classification of this film, it's probably a gangster-drama-romance film. By the way, I like both Bette Davis and Leslie Howard. As for Bogart, he's probably one of my favorite actors.

 

Bogart is my 3rd favorite actor (Grant being 2nd).    Bogie was a little stiff in The Petrified Forest but how he held his arms in some scenes in the film was modeled after Dillinger.    Still it looks odd to me.     There are so many great scenes in this film but two that stand out are the roof top one with Howard and Davis.    That dialog fits every decades but especially the hippie era as it relates to mankind trying to control nature but nature will always 'win'.

 

The other scene is where Bogart and Howard discuss women and how much each is a snap for a gal.    While the two men come from very different places in life,  when it comes to women,,,  well,   they were so much like the rest of us!

 

PS:  The interaction between the two black men is also very telling and interesting as it relates to the times.  



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Posted Yesterday, 07:52 PM

The Petrified Forest is my favorite film.   Fantastic dialog with wonderful performances by my two favorite actors,  Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.   But I don't view the film as a gangster film.   The gangster angle is only one part of the plot which resolves around the disillusion of two men; one an intellectual and the other a criminal.   

 

Bogart owns his career to Howard, who wouldn't do the film unless Bogart was given the same role he played on Broadway.    Bogart and Bacall named their child Leslie because they understood how important that was.

 

Thanks for the information in your second paragraph! As for the classification of this film, it's probably a gangster-drama-romance film. By the way, I like both Bette Davis and Leslie Howard. As for Bogart, he's probably one of my favorite actors.



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Posted Yesterday, 11:22 AM

Anyone else a fan of the 1930s gangster film The Petrified Forest? I've seen this film probably about 10 times or so.

 

The Petrified Forest is my favorite film.   Fantastic dialog with wonderful performances by my two favorite actors,  Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.   But I don't view the film as a gangster film.   The gangster angle is only one part of the plot which resolves around the disillusion of two men; one an intellectual and the other a criminal.   

 

Bogart owns his career to Howard, who wouldn't do the film unless Bogart was given the same role he played on Broadway.    Bogart and Bacall named their child Leslie because they understood how important that was.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:45 PM

Anyone else a fan of the 1930s gangster film The Petrified Forest? I've seen this film probably about 10 times or so.


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