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Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American film actor and one of the most popular and well-known celebrities of the 1940s and the first half of the 1950s. His visibility decreased between the mid-1950s and his death.
Ladd began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane in which he played one of the "faceless" reporters who are always shown in silhouette. He first gained some recognition with a featured role in the wartime thriller Joan of Paris, 1942.
For his next role, his manager, Sue Carol, found a vehicle which made Ladd's career, Graham Greene's This Gun for Hire in which he played "Raven," a hitman with a conscience. "Once Ladd had acquired an unsmiling hardness, he was transformed from an extra to a phenomenon. Ladd's calm slender ferocity make it clear that he was the first American actor to show the killer as a cold angel." – David Thomson (A Biographical Dictionary of Film, 1975)

Both the film and Ladd's performance played an important role in the development of the "gangster" genre: "That the old fashioned motion picture gangster with his ugly face, gaudy cars, and flashy clothes was replaced by a smoother, better looking, and better dressed bad man was largely the work of Mr. Ladd." – New York Times obituary (January 30, 1964). Ladd was teamed with actress Veronica Lake in this film, and despite the fact that it was Robert Preston who played the romantic lead, the Ladd-Lake pairing captured the public's imagination, and would continue in another three films. (They appeared in a total of seven films together, but three were only guest shots in all-star musical revues.)

Ladd went on to star in many Paramount Pictures' films, with a brief timeout for military service in the United States Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit. He appeared in Dashiell Hammett's story The Glass Key, his second pairing with Lake, and Lucky Jordan with Helen Walker. His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was quickly established as one of the top box office stars of the decade.

In 1946, he starred in a trio of silver screen classics: the big screen adaptation of Richard Henry Dana's maritime classic, Two Years Before the Mast (for which he also received critical acclaim), the Raymond Chandler original mystery The Blue Dahlia (his third pairing with Lake), and the World War II espionage thriller O.S.S..

He formed his own production companies for film and radio and then starred in his own syndicated series Box 13, which ran from 1948–49. Ladd and Robert Preston starred in the 1948 western film, Whispering Smith, which in 1961 would become a short-lived NBC television series, starring Audie Murphy.

In the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby, Ladd had the featured role of Jay Gatsby.
Ladd played the title role in the 1953 western Shane. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was listed at No. 45 on the American Film Institute's 2007 ranking of "100 Years ... 100 Movies."

Ladd made the Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll three times: in 1947, 1953, and 1954. In 1954 exhibitors voted him the most popular star among British film-goers.

In 1950 the Hollywood Women's Press Club voted him the easiest male star to deal with in Hollywood.
When former agent Albert R. Broccoli formed Warwick Films with his partner Irving Allen, they heard Ladd was unhappy with Paramount and was leaving the studio. With his wife and agent Sue Carol, they negotiated for Ladd to appear in the first three of their films made in England and released through Columbia Pictures: The Red Beret/Paratrooper (1953); Hell Below Zero (1954), based on Hammond Innes's book The White South; and The Black Knight (1954). All three were co-written by Ladd's regular screenwriter Richard Maibaum. In 1954 Ladd formed a new production company, Jaguar Productions, originally releasing his films through Warner Bros. and then with All the Young Men through Columbia.

In November 1962, he was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood with a bullet wound near his heart, in what might have been an unsuccessful suicide attempt. In 1963 Ladd's career looked set to make a comeback when he filmed a supporting role in The Carpetbaggers, which became one of the most popular films of 1964. He would not live to see its release. On January 29, 1964 he was found dead in Palm Springs, California, of an acute overdose of "alcohol and three other drugs", at the age of 50; his death was ruled accidental. Ladd suffered from chronic insomnia and regularly used sleeping pills and alcohol. It was determined that he had not taken a lethal amount of either, but that the combination can produce a synergistic reaction in which "one plus one equals ten or even fifty." He was entombed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Not until June 28, 1964 did Carpetbaggers producer Joseph E. Levine hold an elaborate premiere screening in New York City with an afterparty staged by his wife at The Four Seasons Restaurant.

Ladd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street. His handprint appears in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood. In 1995, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.




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Disc 1
Abbott & Costello 44-03-30 (058) Radio Station with Alan Ladd.mp3
Abbott and Costello 440330 Radio Station with Alan Ladd.mp3
Burns and Allen 440307 Guest - Alan Ladd.mp3
Burns and Allen 450115 Alan Ladd Making George Jealous.mp3
Command Performance - 45-06-14 - Ann Rutherford, Bob Hope, King Sisters.mp3
Dinah Shore 450531 First Song - El Rancho Rio Grande - With Alan Ladd.mp3
Duffy's Tavern 46-01-04 Alan Ladd.mp3
Jerry At Fair Oaks - Guy Linwell Arrives.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 39-02-13 (206) The Return of Peter Grimm.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 39-05-29 (221) Only Angels Have Wings.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 43-01-25 (380) This Gun for Hire.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 43-11-22 (415) China.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 44-01-24 (423) Casablanca.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 44-04-03 (433) Destroyer.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 44-04-17 (435) Coney Island.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 45-03-05 (473) Disputed Passage.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 45-05-21 (484) And Now Tomorrow.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 46-04-15 (523) Whistle Stop.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 46-11-18 (546) OSS.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 47-09-22 (582) Two Years Before the Mast.mp3
Lux Radio Theater 55-02-22 (911) Shane.mp3
Screen Directors Playhouse 49-07-29 (027) Saigon.Mp3
Screen Directors Playhouse 50-03-24 (061) Chicago Deadline.mp3
Screen Directors Playhouse 51-02-01 (088) Take a Letter, Darling.mp3
Screen Directors Playhouse 51-02-08 (089) Lucky Jordan.mp3
Screen Guild Theater 49-04-21 422 Blue Dalhia.mp3
Suspense 440106 073 One-Way Ride to Nowhere.mp3
Suspense 440309 082 The Defense Rests.mp3
Suspense 500316 376 Motive for Murder.mp3
Suspense 501214 407 A Killing in Abilene.mp3
Disc 2
Box 13 48-08-22 (01) The First Letter.mp3
Box 13 48-08-29 (02) Insurance Fraud Scheme.mp3
Box 13 48-09-05 (03) Blackmail Is Murder.mp3
Box 13 48-09-12 (04) Actor's Alibi.mp3
Box 13 48-09-19 (05) Extra! Extra!.mp3
Box 13 48-09-26 (06) Shanghaied.mp3
Box 13 48-10-03 (07) Short Assignment.mp3
Box 13 48-10-10 (08) Double Mothers.mp3
Box 13 48-10-17 (09) Book Of Poems.mp3
Box 13 48-10-24 (10) The Great Torino.mp3
Box 13 48-10-31 (11) Suicide Or Murder.mp3
Box 13 48-11-07 (12) Triple Cross.mp3
Box 13 48-11-14 (13) Damsel In Distress.mp3
Box 13 48-11-21 (14) Diamond In The Sky.mp3
Box 13 48-11-28 (15) Double Right Cross.mp3
Box 13 48-12-05 (16) Look Pleasant, Please.mp3
Box 13 48-12-12 (17) The Haunted Artist.mp3
Box 13 48-12-19 (18) The Sad Night.mp3
Box 13 48-12-26 (19) Hot Box.mp3
Box 13 49-01-02 (20) The Better Man.mp3
Box 13 49-01-09 (21) The Professor And The Puzzle.mp3
Box 13 49-01-16 (22) The Dowager And Dan Holiday.mp3
Box 13 49-01-23 (23) Three To Die.mp3
Box 13 49-01-30 (24) The Philanthropist.mp3
Box 13 49-02-06 (25) Last Will And Nursery Rhyme.mp3
Box 13 49-02-13 (26) Delinquent's Dilemma.mp3
Box 13 49-02-20 (27) Flash Of Light.mp3
Box 13 49-02-27 (28) Hare And Hounds.mp3
Box 13 49-03-06 (29) Hunt And Peck.mp3
Box 13 49-03-13 (30) Death Is A Doll.mp3
Box 13 49-03-20 (31) 113.5.mp3
Box 13 49-03-27 (32) Dan And The Wonderful Lamp.mp3
Box 13 49-04-03 (33) Tempest In A Casserole.mp3
Box 13 49-04-10 (34) Mexican Maze.mp3
Box 13 49-04-17 (35) Sealed Instructions.mp3
Box 13 49-04-24 (36) Find Me, Find Death.mp3
Box 13 49-05-01 (37) Much Too Lucky.mp3
Box 13 49-05-08 (38) One Of These Four.mp3
Box 13 49-05-15 (39) Daytime Nightmare.mp3
Box 13 49-05-22 (40) Death Is No Joke.mp3
Box 13 49-05-29 (41) The Treasure Of Hang Lee.mp3
Box 13 49-06-05 (42) Design For Danger.mp3
Box 13 49-06-12 (43) The Dead Man Walks.mp3
Box 13 49-06-19 (44) Killer At Large.mp3
Box 13 49-06-26 (45) Speed To Burn.mp3
Box 13 49-07-03 (46) House Of Darkness.mp3
Box 13 49-07-10 (47) Double Trouble.mp3
Box 13 49-07-17 (48) The Bitter Bitten.mp3
Box 13 49-07-24 (49) The Perfect Crime.mp3
Box 13 49-07-31 (50) Archemedes And The Roman.mp3
Box 13 49-08-07 (51) The Clay Pigeon.mp3
Box 13 49-08-14 (52) Round Robin.mp3


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