Biography and 20 best films … Alan Ladd

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20.The Black Knight

Peter Cushing, Alan Ladd

Released: 1954

Directed by: Tay Garnett

The Black Knight is a 1954 film starring Alan Ladd as the title character and Peter Cushing and Patrick Troughton as two conspirators attempting to overthrow King Arthur. It is the last of..

19.The Black Cat

Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone

Released: 1941

Directed by: Albert S. Rogell

The Black Cat is a 1941 film loosely based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The comedy/horror film was directed by Albert S. Rogell, starring Basil Rathbone and featuring

18.The Red Beret

Alan Ladd, Leo Genn

Released: 1953

Directed by: Terence Young

The Red Beret is a 1953 British war film directed by Terence Young and starring Alan Ladd, Leo Genn and Susan Stephen. It is the fictitious story about an American who enlists in the British..

17.Branded

Alan Ladd, Milburn Stone

Released: 1950

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

Branded is a 1950 western film starring Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, and Robert Keith. It was adapted from the novel Montana Rides Again by Max Brand. A gunfighter on the..

 

The McConnell Story

June Allyson, Alan Ladd

Released: 1955

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

The McConnell Story is a 1955 dramatization of the life and career of U.S. Air Force pilot Joseph C. McConnell, who served as a navigator in World War II before becoming the top American ace..

15.Captain Carey, U.S.A.

Alan Ladd, Russ Tamblyn

Released: 1950

Directed by: Mitchell Leisen

Captain Carey, U.S.A. is a 1950 drama film starring Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, and Francis Lederer. An American returns to post-World War II Italy to bring a traitor to justice. The film was..

14.Whispering Smith

Alan Ladd, Robert Preston

Released: 1948

Directed by: Leslie Fenton

Whispering Smith is a Western film starring Alan Ladd as a railroad detective assigned to stop a gang of train robbers. The supporting cast includes Robert Preston and Brenda Marshall. The..

13.Botany Bay

Alan Ladd, Cedric Hardwicke

Released: 1953

Directed by: John Farrow

Botany Bay is a 1953 American drama film directed by John Farrow and starring Alan Ladd, James Mason and Patricia Medina. It was based on a novel of the same name by Charles..

12.The Badlanders

Ernest Borgnine, Alan Ladd

Released: 1958

Directed by: Delmer Daves

The Badlanders is a western caper film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine. It was written by Richard Collins, based upon the novel The Asphalt Jungle by..

11.Hell on Frisco Bay

Jayne Mansfield, Edward G. Robinson

Released: 1955

Directed by: Frank Tuttle

Hell on Frisco Bay is a 1955 American crime film directed by Frank Tuttle, starring Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson and Joanne Dru. It was made for Ladd’s own production company, Jaguar..

 

Wild Harvest

Dorothy Lamour, Alan Ladd

Released: 1947

Directed by: Tay Garnett

Wild Harvest is a 1947 film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Alan Ladd and Dorothy Lamour..

9.The Carpetbaggers

George Peppard, Archie Moore

Released: 1964

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

The Carpetbaggers is a 1964 American film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins, and starring George Peppard as Jonas..

8. The Blue Dahlia

Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

Released: 1946

Directed by: George Marshall

The Blue Dahlia is a 1946 film noir, directed by George Marshall and written by Raymond Chandler. The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake..

7.Desert Legion

Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl

Released: 1953

Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Desert Legion is a 1953 American action film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Alan Ladd, Arlene Dahl, Richard Conte and Akim Tamiroff..

6.  O.S.S.

Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Released: 1946

Directed by: Irving Pichel

O.S.S. is a 1946 war film starring Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald about the Office of..

5.Citizen Kane

Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

Released: 1941

Directed by: Orson Welles

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles’s first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy Awards in….

4.Thunder in the East

Deborah Kerr, Charles Boyer

Released: 1952

Directed by: Charles Vidor

Thunder in the East is a 1952 war drama film released by Paramount Pictures, and directed by Charles Vidor, based on novel Rage of the Vulture by Alan Moorehead..

3.Appointment with Danger

Alan Ladd, Harry Morgan

Released: 1951

Directed by: Lewis Allen

Appointment with Danger is an American crime film noir directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard L. Breen and Warren Duff. The drama features Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart..

2.This Gun for Hire

Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd

Released: 1942

Directed by: Frank Tuttle

This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene. The film stars Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan..

AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, A LEGENDARY FILM FROM 1953

1.Shane

Jack Palance, Jean Arthur

Released: 1953

Directed by: George Stevens

Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., based on the 1949 novel of..

Biography

Alan Ladd, in full Alan Walbridge Ladd, (born September 3, 1913, Hot Springs, Ark., U.S.—died January 29, 1964, Palm Springs, Calif.), American motion picture actor most noted for roles in which he portrayed detectives, cowboys, and war heroes.

As a child, Ladd was nicknamed “Tiny” because of his diminutive, frail appearance. He overcame playground taunts by excelling at athletics, and he was a standout swimmer and runner by his teen years. Injuries dashed his hopes of competing in the 1932 Olympics, so Ladd turned his attention to acting and landed small parts in the 1932 Warner Brothers films Once in a Lifetime and Tom Brown of Culver. Success eluded him for many years, and he toiled away at bit parts throughout most of the 1930s. His ebullience at the birth in 1937 of his first child, Alan Ladd, Jr.—the future CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.—was short-lived; soon thereafter, Ladd’s mother committed suicide in the presence of her son. It has been said that Ladd’s jaded demeanour, so often evident in his screen performances, stemmed from this incident.

Ladd secured a few acting jobs in radio, and during this time he was “discovered” by talent scout and former actress Sue Carol. With her help, he landed several small parts in Hollywood films, including Pigskin Parade (1936), with Judy Garland; Great Guns (1941), with Laurel and Hardy; and Orson Welles’s classic Citizen Kane (1941). Ladd divorced his first wife in 1941 and wed Carol the following year. Their two children, Alana and David, also became film actors…

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