Producers' Showcase: Season 1, Episode 9

The Petrified Forest (30 May 1955)

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Gabrielle Maple works in a dusty desert gas station-café, but yearns for the life of an artist in France, knowing there must be something finer than the provincial dead-end she is trapped ... See full summary »

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Gabrielle Maple works in a dusty desert gas station-café, but yearns for the life of an artist in France, knowing there must be something finer than the provincial dead-end she is trapped in. A hitch-hiking writer, the disillusioned Alan Squier, appears and revitalizes her dreams of a better place, and finds his own sense of worth refreshed by this vital young girl. When Duke Mantee and his gang, wanted killers, show up and take hostages, Gabrielle falls in love with the poetic Alan, and Squier begins to see a way to give Gabby the life she deserves. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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21 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a real gem if you can find it. Almost 20 years later, Bogart reprises his role as Duke Mantee in the made for TV movie. Bacall is in the Bette Davis role of Gabby, and Henry Fonda plays Alan Squier, the role made famous by Leslie Howard.

It's not perfect. Bacall and Fonda don't have the chemistry that Davis and Howard had. They're older, and the the whole film skews darker because of it. But Fonda knows how to act, and he holds his own. The romance may not work, but he still plays the part well enough.

But it's a lot of fun to see Bogart step back into the role of Duke Mantee one more time. The menace is there, and with his age, there's an added air of tiredness as well, but it works for the part of the gangster on the run. How often do you get to see a legend step back into a role like this???

If you're a Bogart fan, this is a must see - especially if you're a completist!


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