Up to this point in my life I’ve written two books on John Ford. And no, I’m not planning a third, but I believe that Ford’s work is inexhaustible in the same way certain writers are, so I won’t rule it out. Like the man said, never say never.
I just wish that Bill Levy’s “Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company” (Bear Manor) had been around when I was researching and writing my books. What Levy has done is amazing: he’s ferreted out the backstories on 112 members of Ford’s stock company, the actors, actresses, character actors and stunt people he used most frequently during his 40-odd year career that eventually encompassed five Academy Awards — four for Best Director (“The Informer,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” How Green Was My Valley,” “The Quiet Man”) and one for Best Documentary (“The Battle of Midway”).
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