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Alan Ladd Overview:

Legendary actor, Alan Ladd, was born Alan Walbridge Ladd on Sep 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, AR. Ladd appeared in over 95 film roles. His best known films include This Gun For Hire, The Blue Dahlia, Shane, The Proud Rebel and The Carpetbaggers. Ladd died at the age of 50 on Jan 29, 1964 in Palm Springs, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery (Glendale) in Glendale, CA.

MINI BIO:

Alan Ladd was cool and taciturn -- and too short at 5 feet 6 inches for 1930s films, therefore getting more work in radio than in movies. However, in the 1940s, he married astute agent, Sue Carol (second wife), and suddenly appeared as a kind of fair-haired avenging angel, teaming up with the equally pint-sized Veronica Lake and shooting to world stardom in This Gun for Hire. He then starred in a string of similar tough-guy films, but when the genre passed, so did his top stardom. He took to drink in later years, dying in bed from a mixture of medication and alcohol.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Alan Ladd's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #108 on May 12, 1954. Ladd was never nominated for an Academy Award.

TOP CMH FAN-RATED MOVIES include:

The Howards of Virginia, Boy on a Dolphin, Great Guns, Shane, Island of Lost Souls, Citizen Kane, Whispering Smith, Hell on Frisco Bay, The Deep Six and The Blue Dahlia.

BlogHub Articles:

How Many Movies Did Veronica Lake and Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Nov 14, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

How Many Movies Did Veronica Lake and Star in Together?  Veronica Lake and Veronica Lake and made SEVEN films together, including three films in which they appeared as themselves* (Star Spangled Rhythm, Duffy’s Tavern and Variety Girl). This Gun for Hire (1942) ... Read full article


The Dynamic Duos Blogathon: and Veronica Lake

By shadowsandsatin on Jul 12, 2013 From Shadows and Satin

Cool. Compact. Blonde. Gorgeous. That was and Veronica Lake. This visually appealing couple appeared in a total of seven films together – This Gun for Hire (1942), The Glass Key  (1942), Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), Duffy’s Tavern (1945), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Variety Girl (1947), and Sa... Read full article


Just Shy of Respect: The Hollywood Life and Death of

By Mark on Feb 16, 2012 From Where Danger Lives

Most people believe committed suicide, but the details surrounding his death are so convoluted no one can be sure what really happened. History is often guilty of erring on the side of sensationalism — but in Ladd’s case suicide is the logical assumption. In 1962 he was found l... Read full article


Great On Screen Couples: & Veronica Lake

By monty on Feb 20, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

This duo made 4 films together plus one more where they played themselves. Their coming together as on screen partners was at first mainly out of physical necessity: Ladd was just 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall and the only actress then on the Paramount lot short enough to pair with him was Lake, who... Read full article


Happy Birthday: !

By Dawn on Sep 3, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, began his acting career performing in small role in the film, Citizen Kane, in which he played one of the reporters. His next featured role was in the film, Joan of Paris(1942). The film that helped launch Ladd's career was, This Gun for Hire, he played "Raven," a hit man with a conscienc... Read full article


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Alan Ladd Film Quotes
Shane: A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.
-- From Shane

Dan: You know somethin'? The way you plan things, sorta slow and careful - you must want that money real bad.
Mitch: Not as much as I once wanted a dollar and eighty-seven cents.

Johnny Morrison: I'm sorry, but nothing seems funny to me tonight. It all blows up in your face sometimes.
Joyce Harwood: What does?
Johnny Morrison: Whatever you're doing, whereever you're going.

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