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.


DARK PASSAGE
1947, Warner Bros., 106 min, USA, Dir: Delmer Daves

In this third collaboration between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Bogie plays Vincent Parry, a man wrongly accused of murdering his wife who breaks out of jail to find the killer; Bacall is the woman who helps him hide out and solve the mystery. Working from David Goodis' bleak crime novel, director Delmer Daves employs an innovative subjective camera to adopt Bogart's point of view and creates a minor noir classic.


LOVE AFFAIR
1939, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

French artist Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) and American performer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) fall in love on a ship sailing to New York. But both are engaged to other people, so Michel and Terry agree to rendezvous in six months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still want a life together. This classic romantic drama was later remade by director McCarey as AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.


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