Alan Ladd was BOTD in 1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has an extraordinary filmography and, by all accounts, a great personality and killer sense of humor to boot. I remember hearing him on an Abbott and Costello radio show once and being blown away by his comedic timing. I had only known him from dark dramas and film noirs… I had no idea he could MORE than handle himself with the great Bud Abbott and Lou Costello!
He is perhaps, today, best remembered and loved for the seven films he made with Veronica Lake:
- The Blue Dahlia (1946)
- Duffy’s Tavern (1945)
- The Glass Key (1942)
- Saigon (1947)
- Star Spangled Rhythm (1942),
- This Gun for Hire (1942)
- Variety Girl (1947)
In Variety Girl, Star Spangled Rhythm, and Duffy’s Tavern, they appear as themselves. It’s truly the other four where they made a name for themselves.
Happy Heavenly birthday to an excellent actor, and as is fitting for someone with a great sense of humor, I’ll leave you with this Alan Ladd quote…
“I have the face of an aging choirboy and the build of an undernourished featherweight. If you can figure out my success on the screen you’re a better man than I.” ~ Alan Ladd
You can find Alan Ladd dvds, movies on Prime Video, posters, and books on Amazon (Amazon link).