I just left this review for "Petrified Forest" on Alibris:
OK, I haven't seen it for a while, but I remember it as one of my favorites.
This is the movie that gave me a crush on Leslie Howard when I was 14 years old. Ditto for my aunt at similar age, when the film was released. Because of this crush, I cringed to see Leslie later in "Gone With The Wind", or actually, in color. He is still gorgeous in Black and White.
This is the movie that made Bogart a star.
Movie had originally been a play, and it still seems like a good play. Would not be expensive to produce. I remembered it as desperado Bogart and intellectual Leslie Howard talking for most of it, as they sat in café with Bogart's gang holding everyone at gunpoint--but when I saw it more recently, it actually didn't take up as much of the movie as I had remembered.
Historically important line: "Tipping is un-American."
Its theme of people not living up to what they wanted to be in their lives is not restricted to the principal characters. This is a good historical movie with still-relevant situations and dialogue.