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CLASSIC FILM Starring Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart ($3)














Join us for a great classic film event featuring The Petrified Forest, a 1936 film starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Leslie Howard.

The cost of this film is just $3!

You can socialize and have some dinner with the group before the film. Food and drinks are not included in the film price.

This event is being hosted by Alex, our group's classic film buff who heads up the Toronto Classic Film Group, one of Belinda's favourite meetup groups.



The Petrified Forest is considered to be the precursor to the Film Noir genre.

Alan Squier (Leslie Howard) is a destitute and disillusioned intellectual hitchhiking across the Arizona desert. He finds a desolate, rundown Black Mesa BBQ Restaurant/Gas Station. There he meets the owner’s daughter, Gabriella Maple (Betty Davis) an idealistic and naïve girl who dreams of one day leaving Arizona to pursue her artistic life and career in France. Gabriella almost immediately falls in love with the educated and philosophical Squire. He is quite taken by her as well. Their short lived romance is ruined when infamous killer, Duke Mantee, (Humphrey Bogart) and his gang show up. The character, Duke Mantee was based on depression era bank robber and killer, John Dillinger.

Originally The Petrified Forest was a huge hit on the Broadway stage in 1935. Bogart played Mantee in the original stage version. Warner Bros. wanted Edward G. Robinson to play the role of Duke Mantee for the movie version, but Leslie Howard after seeing him in the Broadway wanted Bogart. Howard also threatened to walk if the role was not given the Bogart. Eventually Warner Bros. gave in and this was the role that brought Humphrey Bogart to movie prominence. Forever grateful to Leslie Howard, Bogart eventually named his daughter Leslie after him. More information.

The film runs an awesome 100 per cent on the Rotten Tomatoes "Tomatometer"!



DATE: Monday, July 29, 2013

TIME: Socializing/dinner begins at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Meet Alex between 6 and 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Central Bar, 603 Markham Street, Main Floor, Toronto, Ontario. (located in Mirvish Village near Honest Ed's, about one block from the Bathurst station on the Bloor subway line.)

FILM LENGTH: 82 minutes

FILM PRICE: $3 (Please note: The Central is giving us the room for free so please support it by ordering some food and/or drinks!)




RSVP on this event page and show up between 6 and 7:15 p.m. on the evening of the event.



Meet Alex between 6 and 7:15 p.m. on the main floor of The Central. He looks like his photo (salt and pepper hair and a white moustache) or just ask for him.

ABOUT THE CENTRAL: The Central is a Toronto hot spot for musicians, artists and poets in the Bloor / Bathurst area of downtown Toronto. It's located beside Honest Ed's in the heart of Mirvish Village.

PARKING: Metered parking is available on Bloor, Bathurst and Markham Streets. A city parking lot is located just north of Bloor on Markham Street. A private lot is located on Lennox Street.



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  • Daniel

    Alex was an excellent host.
    The film was an insightful and thought provoking love story.
    Lovely evening overall.
    Thank you !

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My knee is acting up, and I cannot walk well today.
    Sorry I thought it would mend, but it is still stiff.

    July 29, 2013

  • Margaret T.

    Hi Alex

    I'm sorry to cancel at the last minute also but I have been feeling under the weather all day today - my allergies have come upon me suddenly and I'm heading home to have a hot toddy and some rest. See you next time.

    July 29, 2013

  • Lise B.

    Hate to cancel at the last minute, but I have to work late tonight ...

    July 29, 2013

  • Debra C

    Have to babysit my grandkids again. Enjoy

    July 29, 2013

  • Chelsea

    Sorry everyone. I was really looking forward to this, but have been sick all weekend so I don't think I'll make it.

    July 28, 2013

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