Do yourself a favor. Read the obituary I linked to above and Netflix some of Ford's movies or keep an eye out for the inevitable Turner Classic Movies marathon/tribute coming up in a few days. You won't be sorry.
- THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, which brought rock and roll to the big screen for the first time, Bill Haley & the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" blasting from the speakers for a story about punk students getting violent with their teachers.
- RANSOM, a great suspense story that was later remade with Mel Gibson (BLACKBOARD JUNGLE was unofficially remade as CLASS OF 1984), and CRY TERROR, another good suspenser
- EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, a Blake Edwards thriller shot moodily in San Francisco
- JUBAL and 3:10 TO YUMA, a pair of psychologically complex westerns
- THE BIG HEAT, an amazing noir directed by Fritz Lang
- TERROR ON A TRAIN, a taut British-made B-pic about a bomb expert trying to prevent a cargo train from exploding
- SUPERMAN, in which, God, Ford was so touching as Clark Kent's farmer. Ford plays his death scene so sensitively that its pall rests over the entire film, fittingly.
And the trash fan that I am, I would be remiss if I didn't mention two of Glenn Ford's strangest films:
- THE VISITOR, a bizarre Italian horror movie starring Lance Henriksen, Joanne Nail (SWITCHBLADE SISTERS), John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Sam Peckinpah (!) and Franco Nero as Jesus Christ! Ford shows up briefly as a police detective and really busts his ass trying to sell this OMEN ripoff's ludicrous story. He has a spectacular death scene too.
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME is one of my favorite slasher movies, due to its quick pacing, slick production values (it was directed by Hollywood vet J. Lee Thompson), outrageous plot twists, and frequent gore scenes. Ford is very good as a friendly psychiatrist of the leading lady, a confused college student played by good-girl Melissa Sue Anderson from LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. Word is that Ford was not particularly pleasant on the set, not surprising when he discovered he was in a bloody slasher movie. Pro that he was, his dissatisfaction didn't affect his performance.