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Not catching this train

September 02, 2007

OUR family wants to thank Susan King for "A Timeless '3:10 to Yuma' " [Aug. 26]. "Yuma" is my favorite western that my father, Glenn Ford, made and a classic in the genre. I've always felt that it could stand up to all the western films released in that decade [the '50s], including "High Noon" and "The Searchers." That it's being remade again speaks to the dearth of [original] writing talent in the film business today; that it's shot in color with lots of gunplay -- it saddens us that they couldn't leave that one alone.

My father got very little recognition during his lifetime from the Academy -- no nominations or tributes. The thought that now one of his best films will be remembered by the younger generation as a sidebar to what I expect to be an unworthy comparison makes our family very sad.

Peter Ford

Beverly Hills

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