A Mystery Writer’s Almanac—The Petrified Forest
On this day in 1936, Warner Bros. releases “The Petrified Forest,” starring Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. Based on the stage play by Robert E. Sherwood that ran on Broadway the year before, it gave Humphrey Bogart his first theatrical lead as gangster Duke Mantee. When the studio made the film version, Leslie Howard insisted Bogart recreate his role on film. The part made Bogart a star and he and his wife, Lauren Bacall, subsequently named their daughter Leslie Howard Bogart in Howard’s honor.