R.I.P. Bernard Glasser, producer of Day of the Triffids

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Bernard Glasser's life sounds like a fable of a B-movie America gone by: the former substitute teacher at Beverly Hills High School borrowed money from his landlord and became a movie producer. His films included Return of the Fly, A Crack in the World and Day of the Triffids.

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According to the obit over at Hollywood Reporter, Glasser started out with a Three Stooges movie, then branched out:

When Glasser's studio lease expired, he and Gold Raiders directorEdward Bernds teamed on several features for Robert L. Lippert's Regal Films, including Space Master X-7 (1958) and the sequel Return of the Fly(1959), once again starring Vincent Price. For the former's fungal special effects, Glasser hired Norman Maurer, the son-in-law of Stooges' ringleader Moe Howard.

The Chicago native later partnered with producer Philip Yordanfor the 1960-62 TV adventure series Assignment: Underwaterand such sci-fi films as the chillingThe Day of the Triffids(1963), about killer plants on the loose, and Crack in the World(1965), starring Dana Andrews as a scientist who warns against deploying an atomic bomb underground.

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And then, after 20 years in the movie business, he retired in 1970 and went into real estate. But not before he gave us some thrilling B-movies. [Hollywood Reporter]

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DISCUSSION

For some reason I always thought Day of the Triffids was a British movie, but it's been a while since I've seen it. The last time I tried watching it, I wasn't finding it that good, but its premise seems to have been inspirational to future movies.

For example, here's an excerpt from the plot section of the Wikipedia entry for Day of the Triffids:

Bill Masen (Howard Keel), a merchant navy officer, is lying in a hospital bed with his eyes bandaged. He discovers that while he has been waiting for his accident-damaged eyes to heal, an unusual meteor shower has blinded most people on Earth. Once he leaves the hospital, Masen finds people all over London struggling to stay alive in the face of their new affliction. Some survive by cooperating while others simply fight, but it is apparent that after just a few days society is collapsing.

And then from the Wiki entry for 28 Days Later:

28 days later, a bicycle courier named Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakens from a coma in St Thomas' Hospital in London. He finds the hospital deserted and seemingly empty. He ventures out to discover the city completely deserted with signs of catastrophe everywhere.

Similar start to Walking Dead and probably more that I can't think of right now.