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.


THE SHOCK
1923, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer

Horror legend Lon Chaney stars as “Dope peddler, safe cracker, gun - man Wilse Dilling,” who is sent to San Francisco to blackmail a banker but falls for his daughter instead. This fine silent melodrama features a recreation of the devastating 1906 earthquake.


THE SILENT MAN
1917, 61 min, USA, Dir: William S. Hart

Silent cinema's foremost Western star, the great William S. Hart, directed and stars in this excellent feature. In an absorbing tale of treachery and redemption characteristic of Hart's best work, he plays "Silent" Bill Marr, who arrives in the town of Bakeoven to register his claim to a gold mine only to get swindled by dancehall owner "Handsome" Jack Pressley (Robert McKim). There's plenty of action and some wonderful location photography as our hero sets out to make matters right.


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