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Loved all Alan Ladd's movie. I keep hoping for T. C. M would show Alan Ladd in The Great Gatsby.that was the best Gatsby.
Born too soon...
A lot of people writing about Alan Ladd bemoan the fact that he was gone too soon. Granted, but I would advance a theory that as an actor he was born too soon. Had he been born 20 years later, he would have been comming onto our screens after the Big Studio era and would therefore have had a greater chance to appear in a variety of roles, perhaps some more suited to his talents. Sadly, Paramount "pigeonholed" him early on, turning him into action hero/romantic adventure lead (at 5'6") and never explored his talents in drama, comedy or romance. He only did one comedy (Lucky Jordan) and one romance (And Now Tomorrow). Neither one was bad (certainly better than most of the action stuff he filmed) and both did well at the box office, alas there were no repeats. As far as I'm concerned he only had one dramatic role (The Great Gatsby) and here he was again hampered by a weak script and an uninspired direction. He famously said in the closing scenes of "Shane": "Right or wrong, there is no coming back; you can't break the mold"; and one wonders if he was perhaps talking about his career. Later on, as the scripts got progressively more stupid and direction more lazy, Ladd visibly lost interest in honing his considerable talents and retreated further into himself. It is disheartening to watch such a potential wasted. Still, we should cherish what's left of his films and not let them descent into oblivion. I implore "the powers that be" in the classic cinema restoration circles to step up pronto and transfer/restore the 40 odd movies starring Alan Ladd, so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. Oscar nomination or not - Alan Ladd is an integral part of movie history and his legacy should be treated with respect.
Deserves More Respect
Alan Ladd deserves more respect than he gets! It is so difficult to find his films, you are able to find Wayne movies every where..boxed sets in mass. The movies are good but Alan Ladd by far was far superior. The movies I have been able to find I am able to watch over and over. The world of film was cheated by his early death and we are cheated out of seeing many of his movies. So many people still love you Laddie.
- Maggie Ganoni
I truly love watching every movie I can,his great look's sure help to keep your eye's close to the T.V.He was he super.I wish we had him today!!
Gary Cooper vs. Alan Ladd
- Wanda Watkins
I am so very tired of everyone talking about High Noon being the best western. The truth is (for me) the continuing of the theme song being sung all through the movie drives me crazy and I just can't watch it. Also its just okay. On the other hand Shane stands alone as the best. If it was shown every day I would watch it every day. All of the performances are flawless...all of them. I would love to see more Alan Ladd movies on TCM such as Captain Carey, U.S.A. where the song Mona Lisa came from. If you want to show one of the best movies Gary Cooper ever made show Ten North Fredrick. I don't understand why that movie is ignored.
alan ladd's early movies
- bob legory
what happened to all the world war movies alan ladd was featured in? I would like to see more of these movies on this channel. Seems they show the same ones over and over, which are very good. He made a lot of movies that they don't show. He probably could outrun all other movie stars, he was fast on his feet. haha Thnks TCM, for showing all the good movies that you do show, keep up the good work.
i watch shane almost every day and never tire of it. Ladd was also great in this gun for hire and i can see why he became an overnight star. i do believe he would have lived a longer and happier life if Sue Carol gsve him the divorce he sought so he could be with allyson. She was good for him. It's a shame he never got a series as a private eye or a singing cowboy as a second career in later life. He would have been so good.
i watch shane almost every day and never tire of it. Ladd was also great in this gun for hire and i can see why he became an overnight star. i do believe he would have lived a longer and happier life if Sue Carol gsve him the divorce he sought so he could be with allyson. She was good for him. It's a shame he never got a series as a privae eye or a singing cowboy as a second career in later life. He would have been so good.
A little guy with lots of charisma. Great presence on screen. I've enjoyed every movie he's been in.
I think he performed really well in "the Blue Dhalia". Very soft spoken, but has a lot of strength behind his image.
He's as cute and adorable as a teddy bear just like William Holden. Great actor who will always be known for his wonderful trademark film "Shane".
- Bob Schuller
Shane never ceases to amaze me. It is one of the few movies I can watch over and over again without growing tired of.It is one of the best directed movies ever. Along with it's great cast, it is a true classic.George Stevens pacing, editing, locations, are a stroke of pure artistry.Alan Ladds performance is one of the best by any actor,and sadly was overlooked for an Oscar. The best adapted book to film without a doubt.One of the greatest films ever made.
- al miller
Alan Ladd was at the top of masculine beauty, had a magnetic personality on screen, and was not appreciated for being as good an actor as he was. His performance in "The Great Gatsby" was better than Redford's, in my opinion, as was the entire production. Not so overdone as the later one.
Alan Ladd films
- Barry Melvin
Would like to see more Alan Ladd films in the future. I know there are many old Paramount films which he made at this studio during the 40's and early 50's which are never shown e.g Saigon, Great Gatsby, Chicago Deadline, Captain Carey USA, Appointment with Danger, etc... I've been a great fan of his. I'm glad his SHANE is getting on TCM...Maybe more of his films like Iron Mistress, Hell on Frisco Bay, etc will get on tcm and get the recognition he deserves. I'm looking forward to Robert Osbourne, that excellent man of old, vintage films, to start looking into this kind of forgotten Alan Ladd actor and his movies.