For regular readers of Journeys in Darkness and Light, I’m sorry to say that things will be paused for a few days. We recently had a sudden, unexpected death in the family, so I will be away from the blog for awhile. I will still be moderating comments and checking email, Twitter, the usual. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out some of the archived posts here.


When I get back, I hope to talk about Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, more from Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the Netflix show that everyone’s talking about, Stranger Things. Hope to see you soon.

The Petrified Forest (1936) Archie Mayo

Poster - Petrified Forest, The_13

The Petrified Forest (1936)
Directed by Archie Mayo
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Robert E. Sherwood (play), Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves
Cinematography by Sol Polito
Edited by Owen Marks
Warner Brothers
TCM Greatest Classic: Gangsters – Humphrey Bogart DVD (1:22)

The Petrified Forest has achieved lasting fame as a precursor to film noir and for providing Humphrey Bogart with the career-launching role of gangster Duke Mantee. The film was based on a play of the same name by Robert E. Sherwood, which also starred Bogart and Leslie Howard. Howard plays Alan Squier, a drifter who wanders into a ramshackle diner in the Arizona desert town of Black Mesa, near the Petrified Forest. There he meets Gabrielle Maple (Bette Davis, just 28 at the time), daughter of the owner of the diner.

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Panic in Year Zero (1962) Ray Milland


Panic in Year Zero (1962) Ray Milland
Kino Lorber DVD – library (1:32)

Most American International pictures focused on two primary goals: make movies that interest teenagers and make ‘em cheap. Panic in Year Zero doesn’t exactly break the mold, although teen interest (casting Frankie Avalon and Mary Mitchel) joins two seasoned veteran actors: Ray Milland and Jean Hagen in a disaster/end-of-the-world flick that still holds up pretty well.

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