Classic Movie Hub (CMH)
 
 

Job Actor, film and television producer
Years active 1932-64
Known for Cool and taciturn
Top Roles Soldier in Photo Shop, Alexander 'Alec' Austen, Backwoodsman, Choya, Dr. James Calder
Top GenresDrama, Crime, Romance, War, Western, Mystery
Top TopicsBook-Based, Ranchers, World War II
Top Collaborators , , ,
Shares birthday with Mantan Moreland, Kitty Carlisle, Heather Thatcher  see more..

Enter to Win "Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917-1923"!

Classic Movie Hub is giving away SIX copies of "Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917-1923", courtesy of Kino Lorber. This fun and historical 5-Disc collection includes all 32 of Keaton’s extant silent shorts, 13 of which were produced under the tutelage of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. And, you can win this fabulous collection here at CMH all month long!...    Click here to enter...

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.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

HONORS and AWARDS:

.

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.

BlogHub Articles:

Style Essentials--Veronica Lake Meets + Iconic Style in 1942's THIS GUN FOR HIRE

on Nov 4, 2014 From GlamAmor

As most know, I am an enormous fan of film noir, particularly those that premiered in the 1940s, and have written about many of them on GlamAmor. It seems appropriate, then, that I have been asked to speak on this very subject at the Skirball Cultural Center on December 7th as part of their extensi... Read full article


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


See all articles

Alan Ladd Quotes:

[indicating Choya's guns]
Ruth Lavery: You don't need to wear them around here.
Choya: I wouldn't feel dressed without them.


Dr. Hawkins: [Suddenly realizing that he's going to receive a smaller share of the treasure than originally thought] Well, there's an old Greek proverb, that says a third of something is better than half of nothing.


Shane: Do you mind putting down that gun? Then I'll leave.
Joe Starrett: What difference does it make, you're leaving anyway?
Shane: I'd like it to be my idea.


read more quotes from Alan Ladd...
Evergreen Free Shipping



Share this page:
Featuring
(1941)
Thu. 13 Oct. 01:30 AM EST

See Today's TCM Schedule >>
Also a Virgo






See All Virgos >>
Grauman's Imprints

Also at Grauman's




See All Imprint Ceremonies >>
Alan Ladd on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame



See All Walk of Fame Stars >>
Alan Ladd Facts
A photograph of his flogging in Two Years Before the Mast (1946) appears on the cover of the 2004 book: "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies".

Attempted suicide by shooting himself in November 1962.

According to his biography, the end of his love affair with June Allyson, his co-star in The McConnell Story (1955), led to his late-life depression.

See All Related Facts >>
Related Lists
Create a list


See All Related Lists >>