|Fonda in Mister Roberts|
|Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda in The Petrified Forest, 1955|
It was extremely well done, with a supporting cast including Jack Warden, Richard Jaekel, and Jack Klugman. Bogart is as riveting as he must have been in the original production. And Fonda is absolutely terrific. He was obviously perfectly secure with live performance. And his flat, midwestern voice makes Alan's bitterness and self-loathing all the more stinging.
Henry Fonda was an extraordinarily versatile actor, yet he imagined his varied roles without changing his face or his voice -- it was the inside of the character that was different. He was never flashy, but always deeply committed; and he could be equally effective in a highly polished comedy diamond like The Lady Eve or a truly serious drama like The Grapes of Wrath.
The Petrified Forest is viewable on youtube -- barely. What's available is apparently a copy of a vhs copy of a kinescope, and the picture is simply horrible. But you might find it worth looking up if you're a big fan of the play, of Bogart, or of Fonda.