Glenn Ford: Super Stud of Yester Yore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 12, 2017 06:12pm | Post a Comment

Glenn Ford

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Most folks know Glenn Ford from his roles as a soft-talkin' tough guy in such flicks as The Big Heat, Glenn Ford3:10 to Yuma, and Blackboard Jungle. Others may only remember him as Superman's Earth-Dad in the classic 1978 Superman.

Much like the Great and Mighty One (William Shatner, that is), Glenn was a Canadian. While living in Beverly Hills (Century City, everything's so nice and pretty), Glenn illegally raised 140 leghorn chickens until he was stopped by the 90210 "Coppers." One must ponder if he just loved making French omelettes for the neighborhood every morning or if he was practicing trying to replicate the award-winning secret recipe of Dinah's Fried Chicken, for " Nuthin' is finer, than Dinah."

It is said, that after Glenn went to the Golden Hills, a sofa that he allegedly claimed to have had a romantic encounter with Marilyn Monroe on was sold at an auction for $1,750. Glenn was known to have "knocked boots" with Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot, and many-many more beautiful starlets. (Please note, it was not these physical encounters that made him a "stud," for what kind of society would we be living in that such "pleasure events" could make a person more admired? No, he was a stud because he played the role of Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman of the legendary Lost Dutchman's Treasure of the Superstition Mountains in Lust for Gold!)

Experiment in Terror
Lust for Gold
Plunder of the Sun

Here are my three favorite films starring Glen:

Experiment in Terror (1962) Directed by Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini.
This movie is just amazing on so many fact, more levels than a Star Trek chess board. If you like creepy-voiced dudes that rob banks and you think Artemus Gordon was the best part of the 1960's TV show The Wild Wild West, just buy this movie. Do not read about it further or it will spoil it like Sizzler spoils their steaks...and shrimp...and lobster. If you live in San Francisco or the Barbary Coast in general, this suspenseful crime-drama is a must watch on a foggy, cold winter night.

Lust for Gold (1949) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon.
Glenn plays the role of "the Dutchy" and he stumbles upon a treasure in the mysterious Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Soon enough, everyone wants his gold, and he just wants some honest love, a few beers, and, of course, for no one to touch his treasure! If you have a dowsing stick in your closet or if someone says "Oak Island Treasure" and your head turns like Man-E-Faces from Eternia, this one is for you.

Plunder of the Sun (1953) Directed by John Farrow.
If treasure hunting, temple ruins, and multiple villains make you smirk, check out this adventure-noir. Filmed in Havana, Cuba, Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla, this movie could be slightly comparable to the Maltese Falcon. Glenn plays a fella from San Francisco down on his luck in Havana until he discovers a secret treasure map and goes looking for it in Mexico.
*If you live in San Francisco, you can actually see Plunder of the Sun on the big screen of the historic Balboa Theater this Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30.
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I leave you with this quote...
"I'm out of place doing sophistication. I'm so uncomfortable in a tuxedo."
- Glenn Ford

Yet another good reason for you to buy a tuxedo t-shirt.


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