The Petrified Forest

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The Petrified Forest is a 1936 American film directed by Archie Mayo and based on Robert E. Sherwood's 1935 Broadway drama of the same name. The motion picture stars Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.[1] The screenplay was written by Delmer Daves and Charles Kenyon, and adaptations were later performed on radio and television. The film is set in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

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The Petrified Forest
Theatrical release poster
Directed byArchie Mayo
Screenplay by
Based onThe Petrified Forest
1935 play
by Robert E. Sherwood
Produced byHal B. Wallis (executive producer, uncredited)
CinematographySol Polito
Edited byOwen Marks
Music byBernhard Kaun
Release date
February 8, 1936 (United States)
Running time
82 minutes

According to Variety, Warner Bros. filmed two endings. Howard's character dies in one and survives in the other.[2]

In May 1945, Warner Bros. released another film based on Sherwood's play, Escape in the Desert. It pitches a Dutch flyer walking across country to San Francisco and others against a bunch of escaped Nazi POWs.