A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA
1946, Westchester Films, 85 min, USA, Dir: Archie Mayo

Among the final features from the Marx Brothers, this comedy puts Groucho, Chico and Harpo in postwar Casablanca, where escaped Nazi Heinrich Stubel (Sig Ruman) is trying to recover a fortune in stolen art. The loot is hidden in a local hotel, and when Groucho becomes manager of the place, he winds up on Stubel's hit list.


THE PETRIFIED FOREST
1936, Warner Bros., 83 min, USA, Dir: Archie Mayo

Based on the Robert E. Sherwood play, this hard-edged drama stars Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and Leslie Howard as strangers whose lives collide with deadly results in a small desert town on the edge of Arizona’s petrified forest. Disillusioned British intellectual Alan Squier (Howard) meets young Gabby Maple (Davis), who sees him as her ticket to Paris and to her dreams. Squier hopes she succeeds but plans to leave alone - a plan that ends abruptly when gangster Duke Mantee (Bogart) takes them hostage.


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