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Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd

Birthdate: September 3, 1913

Deathdate: January 29, 1964

Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American film actor. Early life Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to an American father (Alan Ladd, Sr.) and an English-American mother (Ina Raleigh Ladd). His father died when he was four, and his mother relocated to Oklahoma City where she married Jim Beavers, a housepainter. The family then moved again to North Hollywood, California where ... ...detailed bio


Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

In the opening scene, John Hay Forrest (George Gaynes), noted scientist and cheesemaker, dies in a single-vehicle car accident (represented by the car wreck scene from Keeper of the Flame). In the next scene, private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is reading a newspaper when Forrest's ...

The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Jonas Cord becomes one of America's richest men, inheriting an explosives company after his father's death. Cord resents his father bitterly and is psychologically scarred by the death of a twin brother. He believes there is insanity in the family's genes and does not want children of his own. Co...

Island of Lost Women (1959)

Island of Lost Women is a 71-minute, black-and-white movie, directed by Frank Tuttle, which was released by Warner Brothers in 1959. Its plot borrows from the 1956 science fiction classic Forbidden Planet which, in turn, lifted much of its plot from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Jeff Richards plays...

The Man in the Net (1959)

The film tells the story of John Hamilton (Ladd) who's retreated to Stoneville, Connecticut, in the New England countryside, to pursue a career as a commercial artist, but his wife Linda (Carolyn Jones) wants to go back to New York. She is observed as being both drunk and a little strange by the ...

The Deep Six (1958)

In September 1942, during World War II, Susan Cahill (Foster), art director for an ad agency on Madison Avenue run by her fiance, is jealous of his business flirtation with a client's daughter to secure a deal. She accepts an invitation to dinner on Long Island from agency artist Alexander "Alec"...

The Proud Rebel (1958)

A former Confederate soldier, John Chandler has come to an Illinois town with his 10-year-old son David to see Dr. Enos Davis. The boy was struck mute after witnessing his mother's death in a fire, and hasn't spoken a word since. Davis recommends a doctor he knows in Minnesota. With a flock of sh...

The Badlanders (1958)

In 1898, two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison. One, mining engineer and geologist Peter Van Hoek (Alan Ladd), the "Dutchman", tells the warden he was framed for the robbery of a gold shipment from the Lisbon Mine. The other, John McBain (Ernest Borgnine), killed Bascomb, the m...

Boy on a Dolphin (1957)

Sophia Loren (Phaedra) plays a poor Greek sponge diver who accidentally finds an ancient Greek statue of a boy riding a dolphin on the bottom of the Aegean Sea. Her efforts to sell it to the highest bidder lead her to two competing individuals - Alan Ladd, an honest archaeologist with an academic...

The McConnell Story (1955)

The McConnell Story (1955) is a dramatization of the life and career of U.S. Air Force pilot Joseph C. McConnell (1922–1954), who served as a navigator in World War II before becoming the top American ace during the Korean War. He was killed while serving as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base...

Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

The film involves a former police officer (Ladd) seeking revenge after being falsely imprisoned for a murder he did not commit in San Quentin for five years. He returns and hunts the San Francisco waterfront for the Mob racketeers who are responsible

The Black Knight (1954)

John (Alan Ladd), a blacksmith and swordsmith, is tutored at Camelot. As a commoner, he can't hope to win the hand of Lady Linet (Patricia Medina), daughter of the Earl of Yeoniland (Harry Andrews), so he creates a secret alternate identity as the Black Knight. In this new role, he is now able to...

Shane (1953)

A stranger, wearing buckskin and a six shooter, calling himself Shane (Alan Ladd), rides into an isolated valley in the sparsely settled state of Wyoming some time after the Homestead Act was put into place in 1862 . Whatever his past, he's obviously skilled as a gunslinger, and soon finds himse...

The Red Beret (1953)

Steve MacKendrick (Alan Ladd), nicknamed "Canada" because that is where he claims he is from, volunteers in 1940 for the British Army's paratroop school. He obviously has a good deal more background and leadership skills than he lets on. Canada tries to become better acquainted with a pretty para...

The Iron Mistress (1952)

The Iron Mistress is a 1952 film starring Alan Ladd as Jim Bowie. It ends with his marriage to Ursula de Veramendi and does not deal with Bowie's death at the Battle of the Alamo. It was the first film Ladd made at Warner Bros after spending a decade at Paramount Pictures.

Appointment with Danger (1951)

The film tells of Al Goddard (Alan Ladd), a detective who works for the United States Postal Inspection Service. He's assigned to arrest two criminals who've allegedly murdered a U.S. postal detective. Goddard must locate the witness to the murder, an attractive young nun named Sister Augustine (...

The Great Gatsby (1949)

The Great Gatsby (1949) is a feature film released by Paramount Pictures, directed by Elliott Nugent, and produced by Richard Maibaum, from a screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume based on the novel of the same title by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the play by Owen Davis. The music score was by...

Chicago Deadline (1949)

Ed Adams is a reporter for a Chicago newspaper. By chance and pure unluck he is in a dodgy boardinghouse just when the body of a dead woman is found by a cleaning lady. The body belongs to a beautiful female tenant named Rosita Jean d’Ur. Ed is drawn to the dark, mysterious woman, and manages to ...

Saigon (1948)

World War II has ended and Major Larry Briggs finds out that his friend Mike has only a short time to live but doesn't know yet. Determined to show Mike a good time before he dies, Larry takes a flying job working for a profiteer, Maris. Everything is set until Maris' secretary Susan Cleaver gets...

Whispering Smith (1948)

The bad Barton boys—Blake, Leroy and Gabby—rob a train and shoot a guard. Luke Smith, known as "Whispering" to some for his quiet, sly ways, is a detective for the railroad, sent to investigate. Murray Sinclair, an old friend of Smith's, is in charge of the railroad's wrecking crew. He's glad to ...

Beyond Glory (1948)

West Point cadet Rocky Gilman (Alan Ladd) is court martialled for abusing a fellow cadet. Gilman is hounded by guilt over having caused the death of his commanding officer during World War II.