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

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.

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.

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]