The Petrified Forest (1936)
US silver dollar in the Arizona Desert
The 1936 Warner Brothers film "The Petrified Forest" features Bette Davis handing drifter
Leslie Howard a silver dollar.
desperados, including John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde, roamed the American Midwest
committing robberies and murders.
by one such group of desperados led by Humphrey Bogart and a romance that develops between
drifter Leslie Howard and waitress Bette Davis.
2. In the desert
Alan Squier is hitchhiking in the Arizona desert when he arrives at a small restaurant.
3. The Petrified Forest BAR-B-Q
The building design is based on the Southwestern Pueblo designs.
She has let him go, and he has returned to America, broke.
Gabrielle's father was in the service during World War I and married a French woman who spent a
short time in America and then went back to France, leaving Gabrielle, who wants more than anything
to go to France and live there.
5. Alan and Gabrielle
Alan stops for a meal and meets Gabrielle.
6. Gramp reading newspaper
The headline is about a gunfight between the police and a criminal gang led by Duke Mantee,
who is based on John Dillinger.
Gramp states that the desperados of the 1930's are the modern version of the old western outlaws.
He reads out loud that Duke and his gang are in the area and hopes to witness a real gunfight.
Alan is broke and Gabrielle hands him a silver dollar.
7. Gabrielle hands silver dollar to Alan
The coin is too small to identify the type of silver dollar, Morgan or Peace.
8. Alan wonders if it is for him
Another view of the silver dollar.
9. Closeups of the silver dollar
Closeups of the silver dollar which appears to be some kind of token or prop coin
with a man's face on it.
Duke Mantee and his gang.
10. Duke and two members of his gang
Duke's group are waiting for another car carrying other members of his gang.
The customer hostages include Alan, a wealthy couple, their uniformed chauffeur, and Gramp.
Behind Gramp is Slim, a member of Duke's gang.
he signs the policy over to her and then makes a strange request from Duke.
12. Alan signs the policy and makes his request
Deputies arrive and begin a gun battle with the gang.
13. Duke in gun battle
Duke appears to be holding a Winchester rifle which is right out of the "old west".
14. Deputies firing
The deputies are wearing cowboy hats and western outfits.
Leslie Howard as Alan Squier
Bette Davis as Gabrielle Maple
Humphrey Bogart as Duke Mantee
Charley Grapewin as Gramp Maple
Writers: Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, Robert E. Sherwood