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Hello everyone.

 

I have mentioned several times that I am a Glenn Ford fan and that I want to see every movie he ever made.  I have a high percentage of movies seen from his big screen career-past 85%.

 

I thought it was time to start a favourite forum thread on Glenn Ford.

 

 

Here are some of my favourite Glenn Ford movies in no particular order except the first film: Gilda, which is the first film I saw with him and in my opinion is the sexiest movie I've ever seen.

 

 

Here are *some* of my favourites:

 

GILDA

3:10 TO YUMA

THE GAZEBO

THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON

TORPEDO RUN

THE BIG HEAT

DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER

EXPERIMENT IN TERROR

THE MONEY TRAP

THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE

DEAR HEART

THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER

IMITATION GENERAL

THE SHHEPMAN

IT STARTED WITH A KISS

COWBOY

RANSOM

INTERRUPTED MELODY

 

 

 

and many more.

 

What are yours?

 

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Some of my favorite Ford films are:

 

The Big Heat

3:10 to Yuma

Gilda

Blackboard Jungle

The Rounders

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Destroyer

Plunder of the Sun

The Violent Men

Trial

Interrupted Melody

Jubal

 

and I liked him as Pa Kent in the Christopher Reeve Superman.

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Hello everyone.

 

I have mentioned several times that I am a Glenn Ford fan and that I want to see every movie he ever made.  I have a high percentage of movies seen from his big screen career-past 85%.

Which ones haven't you seen yet?

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A few that haven't been mentioned:

 

"Lust For Gold" (1949)--All the characters here are snakes.  The best way to enjoy this film is to know that going in, and enjoy all the double, triple, and quadruple-crosses the characters pull on each other, as situations warrant.

 

"Affair in Trinidad" (1952)--An enjoyable thriller re-teaming Ford and Hayworth.  Is rather violent, not as much so as "Gilda" (1946).

 

"Human Desire" (1954)--An underrated noir from Fritz Lang.

 

"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1963)--Save this film for last, or a day when you have nothing else to do.  Looong film is a remake of Rudolph Valentino's 1921 silent.  Director Vincente Minnelli does all the technical things well, and botches major things like casting, direction, et cetera.  Second-billed Ingrid Thulins' English was so bad her entire role was redubbed by Angela Lansbury (Yes, her voice is very distinctive and very British; it's a minor shock to hear her voice and not see her).  Ford is miscast as an Argentinean; he does his best.  Charles Boyer and Yvette Mimieux are the best actors present; they give hints of the epic tragedy the film might have been.

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Some of my favorite Ford films are:

 

The Big Heat

3:10 to Yuma

Gilda

Blackboard Jungle

The Rounders

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Destroyer

Plunder of the Sun

The Violent Men

Trial

Interrupted Melody

Jubal

 

and I liked him as Pa Kent in the Christopher Reeve Superman.

Of the ones mentioned here, THE BIG HEAT ranks highly for me. PLUNDER OF THE SUN has seldom been on TCM. I remember one time it was scheduled and then removed before airdate so I ended up ordering it from Netflix. 

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"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1963)...

 

..Second-billed Ingrid Thulins' English was so bad her entire role was redubbed by Angela Lansbury (Yes, her voice is very distinctive and very British; it's a minor shock to hear her voice and not see her).  

I did not know this. Thanks for the info. I've only watched the film once, and I must admit to having fallen asleep through a third of it.

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"Human Desire" (1954)--An underrated noir from Fritz Lang.

 

 

 

I liked this one too, but I liked the original , La Bete Humaine with Jean Gabin, more.

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Just watched "Torpedo Run" for the first time the other day and enjoyed Glenn and Ernie working together.

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My favourite Glenn Ford films are his westerns and all the ones he made with Evelyn Keyes (one of those was a western). 

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I would probably put the last picture he did with Keyes at the top of my list-- MR. SOFT TOUCH. He plays a man on the run from the mob at Christmastime. It's kind of irreverent, not a typical holiday picture, but I love the noir-like atmosphere and the romantic scenes with him and Keyes. The supporting cast is first-rate: Beulah Bondi, John Ireland, Percy Kilbride and Clara Blandick. It should be a better known picture.

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Films I like with Ford (in order of release) are:

 

Texas (early Holden \ Ford film with the always good Clair Trevor)

GILDA

The Matting of Millie (with Evelyn Keyes) 

Mr. Soft Touch (also with Keyes)

Affairs in Trinidad  (again with Rita)

The Big Heat

Human Desire

The Violent Men

Blackboard Jungle

Ransom

The Fastest Gun Alive

THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON

3:10 TO YUMA

EXPERIMENT IN TERROR

THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER

 

 

 

 

 

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Some of my favorite Ford films are:

 

The Big Heat

3:10 to Yuma

Gilda

Blackboard Jungle

The Rounders

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Destroyer

Plunder of the Sun

The Violent Men

Trial

Interrupted Melody

Jubal

 

and I liked him as Pa Kent in the Christopher Reeve Superman.

I have Trial recorded and waiting for me to see for the first time.

 

I have never come across a copy of Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence.

 

I have yet to see Destroyer either.

 

Thanks for your list.

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I have never come across a copy of Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence.

It's a 20th Century Fox B-film that airs frequently on FXM Retro. His costar (circa 1939) is a very young Richard Conte. Glenn signed with Columbia after this, so he did not make too many films at Fox. 

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Which ones haven't you seen yet?

I have seen only a few of his TV movies.

 

Most of the films I'm missing are from his later career (1975 onward) when he was past his prime.

 

One tv movie that stands on my memory as having seen is The Disappearance of Flight 412.

 

But Titles I've never seen include:

 

Trial (recorded and waiting for me)

Superman (I've never been big on superhero movies, but on my to-see list)

Heaven with a Gun

Smith!

Pistolero of Red River

The Long Ride Home

Company of Cowards?

All This and Money Too

Fate is the Hunter

The Green Glove

The Secret of Convict Lake

Follow the Sun

For Those Who Dare

The Flying Missle

A Date With Destiny

Paula

So Ends our Night

Destroyer

Blondie Plays Cupid

Babies For Sale

Men Without Souls

Crime's End

Cry for Happy

The Americano

Everything made after Superman on the big screen

Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence

 

85% IS AROUGH ESTIMATE

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The Secret of Convict Lake is a very short B-movie from Fox that used to show up on the Fox Movie Channel a lot. I'm not sure if it does much anymore. I liked it alright. Gene Tierney co-stars.

 

Destroyer is a decent WW2 programmer, starring Edward G. Robinson. It used to be on TCM a lot.

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One of the reasons my PVR recordings don't decrease in volume that much is because there continues to be movies I've recorded that I don't delete and have no intention of deleting after I watch them.  A lot of these movies are Glenn Ford films.

 

Several of his films air sometimes on Silver Screen Classics here in Canada, so I have access to two channels that air Ford films a lot.

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I have seen only a few of his TV movies.

 

Most of the films I'm missing are from his later career (1975 onward) when he was past his prime.

 

One tv movie that stands on my memory as having seen is The Disappearance of Flight 412.

 

But Titles I've never seen include:

 

Trial (recorded and waiting for me)

Superman (I've never been big on superhero movies, but on my to-see list)

Heaven with a Gun

Smith!

Pistolero of Red River

The Long Ride Home

Company of Cowards?

All This and Money Too

Fate is the Hunter

The Green Glove

The Secret of Convict Lake

Follow the Sun

For Those Who Dare

The Flying Missle

A Date With Destiny

Paula

So Ends our Night

Destroyer

Blondie Plays Cupid

Babies For Sale

Men Without Souls

Crime's End

Cry for Happy

The Americano

Everything made after Superman on the big screen

Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence

 

85% IS AROUGH ESTIMATE

I think the BLONDIE movie is in the public domain, so you can probably find a cheap copy of it somewhere. SMITH is very good and it turns up on the Hallmark Channel sometimes.

 

These are on Amazon Prime: THE AMERICANO; GREEN GLOVE; and The Disappearance of Flight 412.

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ClassicMovieRankings did a Glenn Ford page 5 years after I originally asked for it because Columbia films have little data on their box office.

 

Here is a link to that page:

 

http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/glenn-ford-movies/

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is through that page that I came up with my approximate percentage of big screen movies I had seen of Glenn Ford's career.

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I recently saw a little-known film of his, "Plunder In The Sun", which was a terrific thriller by John Farrow and had an excellent performance by Glenn Ford.

 

It was obviously an A-film and shot on location in Mexico.

 

 

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I'm a pretty big fan of Glenn. He's in my top ten of favorite actors. I like his steely style.

 

"The Secret of Convict Lake" is on YouTube. It's an underrated film. It has a stronger female presence, which is rare for a western style film.

 

http://letterboxd.com/scotthbg/list/how-i-like-glenn-ford/

Thanks for the heads up!

 

It may never be available to me any other way.

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I recently saw a little-known film of his, "Plunder In The Sun", which was a terrific thriller by John Farrow and had an excellent performance by Glenn Ford.

 

It was obviously an A-film and shot on location in Mexico.

Yes, it was a fun film.  Thanks for sharing.

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I watched THE GREEN GLOVE yesterday on Amazon Prime. There's some excellent outdoor photography, on location in the south of France I think. The climactic finale with Glenn and George Macready, on some rocky cliffs, is very well staged (probably with the help of stunt doubles). And Cedric Hardwicke has a small but significant part as the pastor of a hilltop church who sort of bookends the main plot. Some of the independent films from United Artists are overlooked, but this is one that deserves to be rediscovered.

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