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The Four Horsemen Review

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( May 1916 -- Aug 2006)  

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford was born in Canada, a great nephew of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John Macdonald, and moved with his family at age eight to Santa Monica. After graduation from Santa Monica High School, he began working with small theater companies. In 1939 he became a naturalized U. S. citizen and signed with Colunbia Pictures. His movie name came from his father's hometown of Glenford, in Canada. Ford interrupted his career to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve during World War II (but not overseas). His breakthrough role came in 1946, playing leading man to Rita Hayworth in Gilda. He went on to co-star with Hayworth in four other films. In his 98 movies over a seven-decade career, Ford often played sympathetic characters, sometimes a well-meaning but somewhat bumbling everyman. In other films he displayed his versatility, playing more hard-edged characters. As Jacob Walz in Lust for Gold, co-starring Ida Lupino, he was thoroughly believeable as a rattlesnake-mean villain. Among his memorable films are: Blackboard Jungle, The Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 to Yuma, Teahouse of the August Moon, Don't Go Near the Water, The Courtship of Eddie's Father and A Pocketful of Miracles. He also did a lot of television work in the 1970s and 1980s. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


"My God, Julio! Did you do this?" 

Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Henreid, Paul Lukas, Yvette Mimieux. Scorned by some critics, but good entertainment anyway. An Argentine extended family is torn by divided loyalties when World War II begins in Europe. One part of the family has links to France, the other part to Germany. The conclusion is a bit unrealistic but there are several interesting, interwoven plots. Features a great Andre Previn score and some impressive special effects. 

* Biblical symbols of the end of the world. The horsemen represent Pestilence, War, Famine and Death. 


1962, Directed by Vincente Minelli

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