Bernard Glasser, Producer of ‘Day of the Triffids,’ Dies at 89

Bernard Glasser, who financed the Three Stooges’ film “Gold Raiders” before teaming with Edward Bernds on low-budget films such as “Day of the Triffids” and “The Return of the Fly,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Born in Chicago, Glasser started out as a substitute teacher at Beverly Hills High, then started working as a production assistant. In 1950, he bought an old studio and turned it into rental lot Keywest Studio, where producers such as Roger Corman filmed movies such as “The Fast and the Furious.”

Glasser and Bernds then teamed on a series of movies for Robert L. Lippert’s Regal Films such as “Space Master X-7” and “Return of the Fly,” starring Vincent Price. After parting with Regal, he went on to produce “Battle of the Bulge,” “Crack in the World,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Bikini Paradise” and 1963 cult sci-fi pic “The Day of the Triffids.” He also partnered with Philip Yordan on the TV series “Assignment: Underwater.”

Glasser also directed three films: “Triangle,” “Run Like a Thief” and “The Sergeant Was a Lady.”

His son Richard, an international sales exec, died in 2010 at age 50. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren.

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