Yes, there already is something of a John Ford thread, but it mostly consists of rayban talking a lot of smack he got from a Darwin Porter book and offering his generally annoying and/or obvious observations. As a result, I thought Ford deserved a fresh start -- perhaps because I've only recently come to appreciate Ford properly, thanks in large part to that humongous -- and badly packaged (hey, it's Fox), awkward unstorable, prone to coming unglued by sheer weight -- "Ford at Fox" boxed set. It's the sort of thing I would normally never buy, but I caught when it was on sale for $50. I bought it mostly for the three Will Rogers films and TOBACCO ROAD, but it's truly a treasure trove -- and I don't mean for the usual suspects, but for things like PILGRIMAGE (1933) -- which may be my favorite of his films -- early talkies like BORN RECKLESS (1930), some rarely seen silents like 3 BAD MEN (1926), HANGMAN'S HOUSE (1928), FOUR SONS (1928), oddities like THE WORLD MOVES ON (1934), and real curios like FOUR MEN AND A PRAYER (1938). For me, it's been nothing but revelatory. I have a new appreciation for him and a new sense of his style. He's gone from being a sort of marginal figure for me to a favorite filmmaker. Oddly -- and without the help of Darwin Porter -- I think about all the evidence you need for Ford's sexuality is in the films.