A Time for Killing (1967)

After uncredited appearances as a bellhop in “Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round” and a hippie in “Luv,” Harrison Ford finally got his big break in this Civil War drama about a bunch of Confederate soldiers who escape from a Union prison, head for the Mexican border, and – whoops! – accidentally kill the courier who’s trying to deliver the message that the war is over. The big Ford in this flick is actually Glenn Ford, who serves as the lead; our man Harrison doesn’t do much more than sport big-ass sideburns, get involved in a tussle with some of the Confederates, and yell, “Fire, dammit, fire!” Ultimately, the most interesting thing about his role of Lt. Shaffer is that he’s billed as Harrison J. Ford, even though he doesn’t actually have a middle name. So why the mysterious middle initial? Turns out there had actually been a silent film star named Harrison Ford, a fact that our Harrison Ford reportedly only discovered when he stumbled upon the other man’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Apparently, the discovery that the silent film star had died in 1957 gave our man Harrison the courage he needed to drop the “J,” as it quickly vanished back into oblivion. As far as “A Time for Killing” itself, it’s not a bad film, but the truth of the matter is that it’s mostly interesting for its cast. In addition to the two Fords, it also features George Hamilton, Max Baer, Jr. (a.k.a. Jethro Clampett), Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show”), Dick Miller (Mr. Futterman in the “Gremlins” movies), Inger Stevens (“Hang ‘Em High”) and Harry Dean Stanton.

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