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RIP, Glenn Ford

One of the last leading men from the classic era, Glenn Ford, died today. I absolutely adored him. I'd put on a par with Jimmy Stewart or Gregory Peck. He starred in some amazing film noirs (Gilda, The Big Heat), westerns (3:10 to Yuma, which is getting remade; The Violent Men, The Sheepman with Shirley Maclaine), dramas (The Blackboard Jungle), and comedies (The Courtship of Eddie's Father, with Ron Howard!) And he was Christopher Reeve's adoptive dad in the first Superman film.

A picspam for any classic film buffs who wander this way.

GILDA: One of the most sizzling, sexy film noirs all the time. Not just the heat between Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth, but the very strong implication he was her husband's lover before her! Must-see film.

THE BIG HEAT: One of the most violent film noirs of the '50s. Ford is a man on a mission after a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead. With Gloria Grahame, my absolutely favorite noir bad girl, as a gangster's moll who helps him.

THE SHEEPMAN. Very funny Western with Shirley Maclaine and Leslie Nielsen as the bad guy (who plays it completely straight, waay before his Police Squad/Naked Gun years!)

3:10 to Yuma: Ford is an outlaw in the custody of lawman Van Heflin, who's trying to make that 3:10 train to Yuma to bring him to trial. If they remake this with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, I'm going to be a very happy girl.




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Aug. 31st, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
awww, he died :( Honestly, I wasn't aware that he was still alive yesterday, but Gilda is probably my favorite movie ever so sadness abounds. Maybe I'll have to watch it this weekend to remember him by.
Aug. 31st, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
I just got Gilda for my birthday. Such a great film. I also have The Big Heat. But I enjoy catching his films on cable whenever they're on. He'll be missed, definitely.
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Aug. 31st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. He was very hot when he was young, but he had such a great fatherly (and later, grandfatherly) presence. I know just what you mean. There was something very likable and decent about him, even when he was playing someone on the edge. Glad to hear you like classic films too! ;)
Aug. 31st, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
I've only seen a few of those movies, but damn...the pic spam is hot.

How did people manage to be so hot and so classy at the same time? You just don't see that too much these days.

(end sounding like an old lady)
Aug. 31st, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I love the '40s and '50s so much, the clothes, the hair, everything. (Well, maybe not the pointy bras, LOL.) The glamour that was lost in the '60s is never coming back. He was one of my favorites and I'll definitely miss him.
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Aww, well, if he was in Gilda, I know you'll miss him. :)
Sep. 1st, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Aww, so you've never seen him in anything?
Sep. 1st, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
No, I don't think so! But ever since you mentioned Gilda to be ages ago, I've wanted to rent it.
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