FOWC: The Petrified Forest

During what were pretty much the dying days of VHS there was a range of about 10 films released in a series which was deemed the Crime Classics collection and pretty much focused on Gangster movies from the 1930s-1950s and they were released in distinctive cardboard packaging. Films included in the collection were White Heat, Dark Passage, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, Bullets or Ballots, The Public Enemy, Angels with Dirty Faces and The Maltese Falcon. There may have been a few more and there was one, Little Caesar, which was only available via the mail once you had bought the others and collected the tokens, but there was one I wanted and I missed which was called The Petrified Forest.

The Petrified Forest is a 1936 film starring Leslie Howard and Bette Davis and features a young Humphrey Bogart as the villain of the piece, Duke Mantee. The film essentially is a hostage movie set in a diner and has a love triangle between Leslie Howard’s character and a member of the Diner staff over Bette Davis’ character.  I was looking for a copy online recently and the best I came across was a Dutch DVD which was English Language with optional Dutch subtitles, but I found a USA Blu-Ray was released last year and I shall hang about to see if it has a UK based release.



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