After 30 years on Louisiana’s death row, Glenn Ford is a free man.The 64-year-old was convicted in the 1983 murder of Isadore Rozeman and sentenced to death.Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Quebec, Canada, on May 1 1916.His father was a railroad executive and mill-owner, and a descendant of Sir John A Mac Donald, the first Prime Minister of the dominion of Canada who, when confronted by a crisis, was reputed to retire to bed with six bottles of port.Ford's finest film was undoubtedly The Big Heat (1953), in which, under Fritz Lang's Teutonic tyranny, he achieved an affecting intensity as the dogged cop who, after the death of his wife from a bomb intended for him, goes undercover to track down the gangsters single-handed.His other notable films from the 1950s included The Blackboard Jungle (1955), in which he was a slum-school teacher who eventually gains the respect of his class of murderous delinquents; 3-10 to Yuma (1957), in which he was a sheriff charged with getting his prisoner on to a train, despite the threatening presence of the prisoner's outlawed friends; and The Sheepman (1958), an understated but effective Western in which he played a tough sheep farmer at odds with the inhabitants of a cattle town."I never tried to shape my career," Ford once said, "as I always respected the judgment of others, but I guess I always play the 'Sheepman', the nice guy who never gives up."More recently Ford scored a hit with his portrayal of Superman's step-father.To date, Ford was “Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner.”Amnesty International senior campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika Mc Harris discusses Ford’s conviction and exoneration:“Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. Ford, an African-American man convicted by an all-white jury, will be able to leave death row a survivor.” has worked tirelessly to free wrongly convicted felons.
Critics argued that the all-white jury was biased and prosecutors withheld crucial evidence that may have implicated the Robinson brothers.Last week, prosecutors filed a motion to vacate Ford’s conviction.As stated in the motion, the new evidence supports “a finding that Ford was neither present at, nor a participant in, the robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman.” The prosecution also admits that if the evidence was presented in 1983, “Ford might not even have been arrested or indicted.” reports that Glenn Ford’s exoneration and release were supported by numerous agencies, including Capital Post Conviction Project and Amnesty International USA.A majority of the inmates were black men living in poverty.The Innocence Project blames wrongful convictions on racism, improper forensic testing, overzealous authorities, eyewitness misidentification, and coerced confessions.I always find Glenn Ford to be a tru pro, and was happy to see Stella Stevens in it.I think she starred in Girls Girls Girls around the same period.That rich, intoxicating aroma, that tantalizing blend that makes the senses reel and the pulses tingle.[ First time I've ever seen this forty year old movie, and I loved it. (Well we didn't get Andy Griffith Show so I'm not used to him being so young).Both stars were married at the time, but made no secret of the fact that they were enjoying an off-screen romance.Ford's admiration for Hayworth endured even after she died: he always kept a red rose next to her portrait in his house.