Ladd in 1953
Alan Walbridge Ladd
September 3, 1913
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||January 29, 1964 (aged 50)|
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cerebral edema caused by accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
|Education||North Hollywood High School|
|Occupation||Actor, film and television producer|
Marjorie Jane Harrold
(m. 1936; div. 1941)
Sue Carol (m. 1942–1964)
|Children||Alan Ladd Jr. (b. 1937)|
Alana Ladd (1943–2014)
David Ladd (b. 1947)
|Relatives||Jordan Ladd (granddaughter)|
Shane Ladd (granddaughter)
Alan Walbridge Ladd (September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964) was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film in the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns such as Shane (1953) and in films noirs. He was often paired with Veronica Lake, in noirish films such as This Gun for Hire (1942), The Glass Key (1942) and The Blue Dahlia (1946).
His other notable credits include Two Years Before the Mast (1946), Whispering Smith, his first Western and color film, (1948) and The Great Gatsby (1949). His popularity diminished in the late 1950s, though he continued to appear in popular films until his accidental death due to a lethal combination of alcohol, a barbiturate, and two tranquilizers.
Ladd was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on 3 September 1913. He was the only child of Ina Raleigh (also known as Selina Rowley) (25 November 1888 – 1937), and Alan Ladd (1874–1917), a freelance accountant. His mother was English, from County Durham, and had migrated to the U.S. in 1907 when she was 19. His father died of a heart attack when Ladd was four. On 3 July 1918, a young Alan accidentally burned down the family home while playing with matches. His mother moved to Oklahoma City, where she married Jim Beavers, a house painter (d. 1936).
In the early 1920s, an economic downturn led to Ladd's family moving to California, a journey which took four months. They lived in a migrant camp in Pasadena, California at first and then moved to the San Fernando Valley where Beavers went to work at FBO Studios as a painter.
Ladd enrolled in North Hollywood High School on 18 February 1930. He became a high school swimming and diving champion and participated in high school dramatics in his senior year, including the role of Koko in The Mikado. His diving skills led to his appearance in the aquatic show Marinella in July 1933.
Ladd's performance in The Mikado was seen by a talent scout. In August 1933, Ladd was one of a group of young "discoveries" signed to a long-term contract with Universal Pictures. The contract had options which could go for seven years, but they were all in the studio's favor. Ladd appeared unbilled in Once in a Lifetime (1932), but the studio eventually decided Ladd was too blond and too short and dropped him after six months. (All of Ladd's fellow "discoveries" eventually were dropped, including a young Tyrone Power.)
At 20, Ladd graduated from high school on 1 February 1934. He worked in the advertising department of the San Fernando Sun Valley Record, becoming the newspaper's ad manager. When the paper changed hands, Ladd lost his job. He sold cash registers and borrowed $150 to open his own hamburger and malt shop across from his previous high school, which he called Tiny's Patio (his nickname at high school was Tiny). However he was unable to make a success of the shop.
Ladd managed to save and borrow enough money to attend an acting school run by Ben Bard, who had taught him when he was under contract at Universal. Ladd appeared in several stage productions for Bard. Bard later recalled Ladd "was such a shy guy he just wouldn't speak up loud and strong. I had to get him to lower his voice too; it was too high. I also insisted that he get himself a decent set of dentures."
In 1936, Ladd played an unbilled role in Pigskin Parade. He had short-term stints at MGM and RKO, and got regular professional acting work only when he turned to radio. Ladd's rich, deep voice was ideal for that medium, and in 1936, he was signed by station KFWB as its sole radio actor. He stayed for three years at KFWB, working as many as 20 shows per week.
Ladd was playing the roles of a father and son on radio one night when heard by the agent Sue Carol. She was impressed and called the station to talk to the actors and was told it was the one person. She arranged to meet him and impressed by his looks, she signed him to her books and enthusiastically promoted her new client in films as well as radio. Ladd's first notable part under Carol's management was the 1939 film Rulers of the Sea (1939), in which he played a character named Colin Farrell at $250 per week. He also received attention for a small part in Hitler – Beast of Berlin (1939).
Ladd tested unsuccessfully for the lead in Golden Boy (1939) but obtained many small roles, such as the serial The Green Hornet (1940), Her First Romance (1940), The Black Cat (1941) and the Disney film The Reluctant Dragon (1941). Most notably he had a small uncredited part in Citizen Kane, playing a newspaper reporter toward the end of the film.
Ladd's career gained extra momentum when he was cast in a featured role in Joan of Paris (1942), a wartime drama made at RKO. It was only a small part, but it involved a touching death scene that brought him attention within the industry. RKO eventually offered Ladd a contract at $400 per week. However he soon received a better offer from Paramount.
This Gun for Hire and stardom
Paramount had owned the film rights to A Gun for Sale, a novel by Graham Greene, since 1936 but waited until 1941 before making a movie out of it, changing the title to This Gun for Hire. Director Frank Tuttle was struggling to find a new actor to play the role of Raven, a hit man with a conscience. Ladd auditioned successfully, and Paramount signed him to a long-term contract in September 1941 for $300 per week. The New York Times wrote that:
Tuttle and the studio are showing more than a passing enthusiasm for Ladd. He has been trying to get a foothold in pictures for eight years but received no encouragement although he tried every angle known to town—extra work, bit parts, stock contracts, dramatic schools, assault of the casting offices. Sue Carol, the former silent star who is now an agent, undertook to advance the youth's career two years ago and only recently could she locate an attentive ear. Then the breaks began.
"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)  John Houseman later wrote Ladd played "a professional killer with a poignant and desolate ferocity that made him unique, for a time, among the male heroes of his day."
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 continued in another three films. (They appeared in a total of seven films together, but three were only guest shots in all-star musical revues.)
Even during the filming of This Gun for Hire, Paramount knew it had a potential star and announced Ladd's next film, an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's story The Glass Key. This had been a successful vehicle for George Raft several years earlier, and Paramount wanted "a sure-fire narrative to carry him on his way." (There had been talk Ladd would appear in Red Harvest, another story by Hammett, but this never was made.)
The movie was Ladd's second pairing with Lake. His cool, unsmiling persona proved popular with wartime audiences, and he was voted by the Motion Picture Herald as one of the 10 "stars of tomorrow" for 1942. His salary was raised to $750 per week. According to critic David Shipman:
Paramount of course was delighted. The majority of stars were earmarked as such when they appeared on the horizon—from Broadway or from wherever they came; if it seemed unlikely that public acceptance would come with one film they were trained and built up: The incubation period was usually between two and five years. As far as Ladd was concerned, he was a small-part actor given a fat part faute de mieux, and after his second film for them, he had not merely hit the leading-men category, but had gone beyond it to films which were constructed around his personality.
Ladd then appeared in Lucky Jordan (1943), a lighter vehicle with Helen Walker, playing a gangster who tries to get out of war service and tangles with Nazis. His new status was reflected by the fact he was the only actor billed above the title. He had a cameo spoofing his tough guy image in Star Spangled Rhythm, which featured most of Paramount's stars, then starred in China with Loretta Young for director John Farrow, with whom Ladd made a number of movies. Young did not like working with Ladd:
I found him petulant... I don't remember hearing him laugh, or ever seeing him laugh. Everything that concerned him was very serious... He had a certain screen personality... but as an actor... I never made any contact with him. He wouldn't look at me. He'd say "I love you...", and he'd be looking out there some place. Finally, I said "Alan, I'm he-ere!!"... I think he was very conscious of his looks. Alan would not look beyond a certain point in the camera because he didn't think he looked good... Jimmy Cagney was not tall but somehow Jimmy was at terms with himself, always. I don't think Alan Ladd ever came to terms with himself.
Ladd's next film was meant to be Incendiary Blonde, opposite Betty Hutton, but he was inducted into the army on 18 January after reprising his performance in This Gun for Hire on radio for Lux Radio Theatre.
Ladd briefly served in the United States Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit. Ladd initially was classified 4-F unfit for military service because of stomach problems, but began his military service in January 1943. He was posted to the Walla Walla Army Air Base at Walla Walla, Washington, attaining the rank of corporal. He attended the Oscars in March 1943, and in September, appeared in a trailer promoting a war loan drive titled Letter from a Friend.
While Ladd was in the armed services, a number of films which had been announced for him were either postponed, and/or made with different actors, including Incendiary Blonde, The Story of Dr. Wassell, Ministry of Fear and The Man in Half Moon Street. Paramount started promoting Ladd replacements such as Sonny Tufts and Barry Sullivan. Old Ladd films were reissued with his being given more prominent billing, such as Hitler, Beast of Berlin. He was reportedly receiving 20,000 fan letters per week. The New York Times reported that "Ladd in the brief period of a year and with only four starring pictures to his credit... had built up a following unmatched in film history since Rudolph Valentino skyrocketed to fame." In December 1943, he was listed as the 15th most popular star in the U.S.
Ladd fell ill and went to military hospital in Santa Barbara for several weeks in October. On 28 October, he was given an honorable medical discharge because of a stomach disorder complicated by influenza.
Return to filmmaking
When Ladd returned from the army, Paramount announced a series of vehicles for him, including And Now Tomorrow and Two Years Before the Mast. And Now Tomorrow was a melodrama starring Loretta Young as a wealthy, deaf woman who is treated (and loved) by her doctor, played by Ladd; Raymond Chandler co-wrote the screenplay, and it was filmed in late 1943 and early 1944. According to Shipman:
It was a pitch to sell Ladd to women filmgoers, though he had not changed one iota and he did not have a noticeable romantic aura. But Paramount hoped that women might feel that beneath the rock-like expression there smouldered fires of passion, or something like. His black-lashed eyes, however, gave nothing away; it was 'take me as I am' or 'I'm the boss around here'. He never flirted nor even seemed interested (which is one of the reasons he and Lake were so effective together).
In March 1944, Ladd took another physical and was re-classified 1A. He would have to be re-inducted into the army, but a deferment was given to enable Ladd to make Two Years Before the Mast (the release of which was postponed two years). He was meant to be re-inducted on 4 September 1944, but Paramount succeeded in getting this pushed back again to make Salty O'Rourke. He also found time to make a cameo in a big-screen version of Duffy's Tavern.
Ladd's re-induction was then set for May 1945. Paramount commissioned Raymond Chandler to write an original screenplay for him titled The Blue Dahlia, made relatively quickly in case the studio lost Ladd to the army once again. However, in May 1945 General Lewis Hershey released all men 30 or over from induction in the army, and Ladd was free from the draft. Along with several other film stars released from their draft obligations, Ladd promptly enlisted with the Hollywood Victory Committee for the entertainment industry's overseas arm, volunteering to tour for USO shows.
Ladd next made Calcutta, which re-teamed him with John Farrow and William Bendix. Release for this film was delayed.
Ladd was meant to make California with Betty Hutton, but he refused to report for work in August 1945. "It wasn't on account of the picture", said Ladd. "There were other issues." Ladd wanted more money, and Paramount responded by suspending him. The two parties reconciled in November with Ladd's getting a salary increase to $75,000 per film, but without story approval or the right to do outside films, which he had wanted. Exhibitors voted him the 15th most popular star in the country.
"When a star's off the screen, he's 'dead'", Ladd later reflected. "I like my home and my security and I don't intend to jeopardize them by being difficult at work."
Ladd's next film was OSS, a wartime thriller, produced by Richard Maibaum. He then convinced Ladd that he should play the title role in an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, to which Paramount held the film rights; Ladd became enthusiastic at the chance to change his image, but the project was delayed by a combination of censorship wrangles and studio reluctance.
The Blue Dahlia eventually was released to great acclaim (Raymond Chandler was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay), quickly followed by O.S.S. and, finally Two Years Before the Mast. The first two films were solid hits, each earning over $2 million in rentals in the U.S. and Canada; Two Years Before the Mast was a blockbuster, earning over $4 million and ranking among the 10 ten popular films of the year.
Ladd earned a reported $88,909 for the 12 months up to June 1946. (The following year, he earned $107,000.) In 1947, he was ranked among the top 10 popular stars in the U.S. That year finally saw the release of Calcutta along with Wild Harvest, where he re-teamed with Robert Preston.
Ladd made a cameo appearance as a detective in the Bob Hope comedy My Favorite Brunette (1947). Ladd made another cameo in an all-star Paramount film, titled Variety Girl, singing Frank Loesser's "Tallahassee" with Dorothy Lamour. He was re-teamed with Lake for the final time in Saigon, then made Whispering Smith (1948), his first Western since he became a star (and first movie in color). He followed this with Beyond Glory (1948), a melodrama with Farrow, which featured Audie Murphy in his film debut (and was released before Whispering Smith).
Since he had become a star, Ladd continued to appear in radio, usually in dramatizations of feature films for such shows as Lux Radio Theatre and Screen Directors Playhouse. He created roles played both by himself, but also other actors, including the part of Rick Blaine in an adaptation of Casablanca. In 1948, he starred and produced Box 13, a regular weekly series for syndication, which ran for 52 episodes.
The Great Gatsby
Ladd's next role was a significant change of pace, playing Jay Gatsby in the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby, written and produced by Richard Maibaum. This film had been planned since 1946, but production was delayed due to a combination of difficulties with the censor, and Paramount's reluctance for Ladd to play such a challenging part. It was not a big success at the box office, and its mixed critical and commercial reception caused Ladd to avoid serious dramatic roles.
His next films were standard fare: Chicago Deadline, playing a tough reporter; Captain Carey, U.S.A., as a vengeful ex-OSS agent, for Maibaum; and Appointment with Danger, as a postal inspector investigating a murder with the help of nun Phyllis Calvert (shot in 1949 but not released until 1951).
Paramount purchased the screen rights to the play Detective Story as a possible vehicle for Ladd, and he was keen to do it, but the role went to Kirk Douglas. Ladd was cast instead in Branded, a Western. In February 1950, Paramount announced that Ladd would star in a film version of the novel Shane. Before he made this film, he appeared in Red Mountain, produced by Hal Wallis.
In 1950, the Hollywood Women's Press Club voted Ladd the easiest male star to deal with in Hollywood. The following year, a poll from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association listed Ladd as the second most popular male film star in the world after Gregory Peck.
In 1951, Ladd's contract had only one more year to run. "Paramount is like a home to me", he said, "and I'd like to remain on the lot for one picture a year. But I want to be free to take pictures at other studios if offered to me." The main studio Ladd was in discussion with was Warner Bros. He also received a six-year offer to make Adventure Limited, a TV series.
In May 1951, Ladd announced he had formed Ladd Enterprises, his own production company, to produce films, radio and TV when his Paramount contract ended in November 1952. He optioned the novel Shadow Riders of the Yellowstone by Les Savage. The next month, his deal with Warner Bros. was announced: one film per year for five years. However, he expressed a desire to continue to work with Paramount.
Ladd's final three movies for Paramount were Thunder in the East, Shane and Botany Bay. Once Ladd finished Botany Bay in February 1952 it was announced Ladd's contract with Paramount would end early and be amended so that he would make two more movies for the studio at a later date. (In the event, Ladd did not make another film at Paramount until The Carpetbaggers.)
Paramount staggered the release of Ladd's final films for the company, with Shane and Botany Bay not being released until 1953. Ladd later said that leaving Paramount was "a big upset" for him and that he only left for "business reasons...future security for the children and ourselves".
Shane, in which he played the title character, was particularly popular. It premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in April 1953, grossing over $114,000 in its four weeks there (a large sum at the time), and in all earned $8 million in North America over its initial run, and led to Ladd's being voted one of the 10 more popular stars in the U.S. in 1953.
Freelance star: Warners, Universal, Warwick
Ladd's deal with Warners was for one film per year for 10 years, starting from when his contract with Paramount expired. Warners guaranteed him $150,000 per film against 10% of the gross, making Ladd one of the better paid stars in Hollywood. His first film for Warner Bros was The Iron Mistress (1952), in which Ladd played Jim Bowie.
The arrangement with Warners was not exclusive, enabling Ladd to work for other studios. He made Desert Legion, a film at Universal Studios, (1953), playing a member of the French Foreign Legion. Ladd was paid a fee and a percentage of the profits.
Ladd also signed an arrangement with Warwick Films to make two films in Britain, where the actor was very popular: a wartime saga titled The Red Beret (1953), with Ladd as a Canadian soldier in a British unit, and a whaling story titled Hell Below Zero (1954), based on the Hammond Innes book The White South. Both movies were co-written by Richard Maibaum, with whom Ladd had worked at Paramount. Ladd played a mountie in Saskatchewan for Universal in Canada, and returned to Britain for another with Warwick, a medieval swashbuckler The Black Knight (1954), where Ladd played the title role. This meant Ladd spent 19 months out of the U.S. and did not have to pay tax on his income for this period. It also caused his plans to enter independent production to be deferred. Ladd's fee for his Warwick films was $200,000 against 10% of the profits plus living expenses.
When Ladd returned to Hollywood in 1954 he formed Jaguar Productions, a new production company that released movies through Warner Bros. This was in addition to the films he made with Warners solely as an actor.
His first film for Jaguar was Drum Beat (1954), a Western directed by Delmer Daves, which was reasonably successful at the box office. For Warners, he then made The McConnell Story (1955), co-starring June Allyson, which also proved popular. He signed to appear in some episodes of General Electric Theater on TV. The first of these, "Committed", was based on an old episode of Box 13, which Ladd was considering turning into a TV series. However, despite Ladd's presence, a series did not result.
Ladd next made Hell on Frisco Bay (1955), a film for Jaguar, co-written by Martin Rackin and directed by Frank Tuttle, his old This Gun for Hire associate. Rackin wrote and produced Ladd's subsequent film, which he made for Warners, titled Santiago. For Jaguar, Ladd produced, but did not appear in A Cry in the Night.
Ladd's instincts for choosing material was proving increasingly poor: George Stevens offered him the role of Jett Rink in Giant (1956), which he turned down because it was not the lead; James Dean took the part, and the film became one of the big hits of the decade. He was meant to return to Paramount to make The Sons of Katie Elder, but he bought himself out of his Paramount contract for $135,000; the film was made a decade later with John Wayne and was a big hit.
Instead, Ladd signed a new four-year contract between Jaguar and Warner Bros., with his company having a budget of $6.5 million. The first film made under it was The Big Land (1957), a Western. He made Farewell to Kennedy, another TV film for General Electric Theater; he hoped this would lead to become a series but that did not happen.
Ladd then received an offer to star in Boy on a Dolphin (1957), a film being made in Greece for 20th Century Fox. In March 1957, it was announced that Warners and Jaguar had re-negotiated their agreement, and now Jaguar would make 10 films for the studio, of which Ladd was to appear in at least six, starting with The Deep Six (1958). Warners provided all the finance and split profits with Jaguar 50:50. The second film under the contract was Island of Lost Women, which Ladd produced but did not appear in.
Ladd's next film as actor saw him co-star against his son David in The Proud Rebel, made independently for Samuel Goldwyn Jr. According to Shipman, Ladd's "performance is his best work, sincere and likable (due perhaps to an odd resemblance in long shot to Buster Keaton), but the film did not have the success it deserved: Ladd's own fans missed the bang-bang and [co star] Olivia de Havilland's fans were not persuaded that any film she did with Ladd could be that good. He announced a six-picture deal with Warwick Productions but ultimately did not work for Warwick again. MGM hired Ladd to make The Badlanders, a Western remake of The Asphalt Jungle; like many of Ladd's films around this time, it was a box-office disappointment.
Ladd was considered to play the lead in The Angry Hills but Robert Mitchum eventually was cast. Mitchum later told a journalist that the producers met Ladd at his home after "he'd just crawled out of his swimming pool and was all shrunken up like a dishwasher's hand. They decided he wouldn't do for the big war correspondent."
For Walter Mirisch at United Artists, Ladd appeared in The Man in the Net. He produced a pilot for a TV series starring William Bendix called Ivy League. That did not go to series; neither did The Third Platoon, another pilot Ladd produced for Paramount, written by a young Aaron Spelling. Spelling also wrote Guns of the Timberland for Jaguar and Warners, in which Ladd appeared; it was his last movie for Warners.
As an actor, he made All the Young Men with Sidney Poitier that was released through Columbia. One Foot in Hell (1960) over at 20th Century Fox saw Ladd play an out-and-out villain for the first time since the beginning of his career, but the result was not popular with audiences.
"I'd like to retire from acting", he said in 1960. "I'd produce." Ladd kept busy developing projects, some of which were vehicles for his son David.
Ladd also kept acting and followed the path of many Hollywood stars on the decline and made Duel of Champions (1961), a peplum in Italy. Back in Hollywood, he made 13 West Street as a star and producer, for Ladd Enterprises.
"I'll go to work again when the right story comes along", said Ladd. He joined the board of 38 Inc., a new film producing company, which announced plans to make a movie out of a Ben Hecht script.
In 1963, Ladd's career looked set to make a comeback when he filmed a supporting role in The Carpetbaggers, based on the best-selling novel. This was a co-production between Embassy and Paramount, meaning Ladd filmed on the Paramount back lot for the first time in over a decade. He announced plans to turn Box 13 into a feature film script and was hoping for cameos from old friends such as Veronica Lake and William Bendix.
On 29 November 1937, Ladd's mother, who was staying with him following the breakup of a relationship, asked Ladd for some money to buy something at a local store. Ladd gave her the money, thinking it was for alcohol. She purchased some arsenic-based ant paste from a grocer and committed suicide by drinking it in the back seat of Ladd's car.
On 2 November 1962, Ladd was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood with a bullet wound near his heart, in what might have been a suicide attempt. The bullet penetrated Ladd's chest around the third and fourth rib, through the lungs and bounced off the rib cage. At the time, Ladd said he thought he heard a prowler, grabbed a gun, and tripped over, accidentally shooting himself. This was accepted by the police investigating.
Ladd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street. His handprint appears in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. In 1995, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.
Family and relationships
Ladd married Marjorie Jane "Midge" Harrold, a high school sweetheart, in October 1936. Their only child, Alan Ladd, Jr., was born on October 22, 1937. They divorced in July 1941 and she died in 1957, having remarried.
On March 15, 1942, Ladd married his agent and manager, former film actress Sue Carol in Mexico City. They intended to be remarried in the U.S. in July because Ladd's divorce from his first wife was not final.
Carol had a daughter from a previous marriage, Carol Lee (b 18 July 1932), whom Alan and Sue raised. In addition, they had two children of their own, Alana (born 21 April 1943, when Ladd was in the army) and David Alan (1947). Alan Ladd, Jr., is a film executive and producer and founder of the Ladd Company. Actress Alana Ladd, who co-starred with her father in Guns of the Timberland and Duel of Champions, was married to the veteran talk radio broadcaster Michael Jackson. Alana died on November 23, 2014. Actor David Ladd, who co-starred with his father as a child in The Proud Rebel, was married to Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd (née Stoppelmoor), 1973–80. Their daughter is actress Jordan Ladd.
Most biographical sources speculate on Ladd's height, which legend contends was slight. Reports of his height vary from 5 ft 5 in to 5 ft 9 in (1.65 m – 1.75 m), with 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) being the most generally accepted today. His U.S. Army enlistment record, however, indicates a height of 5 ft 7 in.
Ladd and Veronica Lake became a particularly popular pairing because, at 4 ft 11 in, she was one of the few Hollywood actresses substantially shorter than he was. In his memoirs, actor/producer John Houseman wrote of Ladd: "Since he himself was extremely short, he had only one standard by which he judged his fellow players: their height." To compensate for Ladd's height, during the filming of Boy on a Dolphin, co-starring the 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Sophia Loren, the cinematographer used special low stands to light Ladd and the crew built a ramp system of heavy planks to enable the two actors to stand at equal eye level. In outdoor scenes, trenches were dug for Loren to stand in. For the film Saskatchewan, director Raoul Walsh had a six-inch hole dug for 6 ft 0 in (1.82 m) co-star Hugh O'Brian to stand, while using the excavated dirt to build a mound for Ladd to stand, thereby overcoming the disparity in height.
In January 1964, after injuring his knees, Ladd hoped to recuperate at his house in Palm Springs. On 29 January 1964, his butler said he saw Ladd on his bed at 10 am; when he returned at 3:30 pm Ladd was still there, dead.
His death, due to cerebral edema caused by an acute overdose of "alcohol and three other drugs", was ruled accidental. Ladd suffered from chronic insomnia and regularly used sleeping pills and alcohol to induce sleep. While he had not taken a lethal amount of any one drug, the combination apparently caused a synergistic reaction that proved fatal. Suicide was ruled out.
He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Ladd's funeral was held on 1 February with Edmond O'Brien giving the eulogy. Fans were allowed to see his coffin. He was buried with his wedding ring and a letter his son David had written him.
Ladd died a wealthy man, his holdings including a 5,000-acre ranch at Hidden Valley and a hardware store in Palm Springs. After he died, The Carpetbaggers was released and became a financial success.
Select radio credits
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 206 "The Return of Peter Grimm" (13 Feb 1939)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 221 "Only Angels Have Wings" (29 May 1939)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 280 "White Banners" (12 June 1939)
- Lincoln Highway (May 1942)
- Guest on Kate Smith's radio show – 1942
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 380 "This Gun for Hire" (25 Jan 1943) – with Joan Blondell and Laird Cregar
- Wings to Victory (25 March 1943)
- "Musically Inclined" for Silver Theater (12 Dec 1943) – with Judy Garland
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 415 China (22 Nov 1943)
- Suspense – "One Way Ride to Nowhere" (6 Jan 1944)
- Suspense – "The Defence Rests" (9 March 1944)
- Cavalcade of America – "Ambulance Driver Middle East" (3 April 1944)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 435 Coney Island (17 April 1944)
- Burns and Allen – special guest star (15 Jan 1945)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 473 "Disputed Passage" (5 March 1945)
- Jack Benny Program – "Murder Mystery" (25 March 1945)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 484 "And Now Tomorrow" (21 May 1945)
- The Dinah Shore Show – Guest star (31 May 1945)
- Command Performance – guest star with Bob Hope, Ann Rutherford (14 June 1945)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 503 "Salty O'Rourke" (26 Nov 1945)
- Duffy's Tavern – guest star (4 Jan 1946)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 523 "Whistle Stop" (15 April 1946)
- Hollywood Star Time – "Double Indemnity" (22 June 1946)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 546 "OSS" (18 Nov 1946)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 582 "Two Years Before the Mast" (22 Sept 1947)
- The Screen Guild Theater – "The Blue Dahlia" (21 April 1949)
- Screen Directors Playhouse – "Saigon" (29 July 1949)
- Screen Directors Playhouse – "Whispering Smith" (16 Sept 1949)
- Suspense – "Motive for Murder" (16 March 1950)
- Screen Directors Playhouse – "Chicago Deadline" (24 March 1950)
- Suspense – "A Killing in Abilene" (14 Dec 1950)
- Screen Directors Playhouse – "Lucky Jordan" (8 Feb 1951)
- Lux Radio Theatre – Ep 911 "Shane" (22 Feb 1955)
|1932||Tom Brown of Culver||Cadet|
|Once in a Lifetime||Projectionist|
|1937||The Last Train from Madrid||Soldier|
|Souls at Sea||Sailor|
|All Over Town||Young Man|
|Hold 'Em Navy||Chief Quartermaster|
|Born to the West||Inspector|
|1938||The Goldwyn Follies||First Auditioning Singer|
|Come On, Leathernecks!||Club Waiter|
|1939||The Mysterious Miss X||Henchman|
|Rulers of the Sea||Colin Farrell|
|Hitler – Beast of Berlin||Karl Bach||Also known as Goose Step|
|1940||American Portrait||Young man/Old man||Short subject|
|Blame it on Love||Short subject|
|Meat and Romance||Bill Allen||Short subject|
|Unfinished Rainbows||Charles Martin Hall||Short subject|
|The Green Hornet||Gilpin, Student Pilot||Chapter 3|
|Brother Rat and a Baby||Cadet in trouble|
|In Old Missouri||John Pittman, Jr.|
|The Light of Western Stars||Danny, Stillwell Ranch Hand|
|Gangs of Chicago|
|Cross-Country Romance||Mr. Williams, First Mate|
|Those Were the Days!||Keg Rearick|
|Captain Caution||Newton, Mutinous Sailor|
|The Howards of Virginia||Backwoodsman|
|Meet the Missus||John Williams|
|Victory||Heyst as an 18-year-old|
|Her First Romance||John Gilman|
|1941||I Look at You||Short subject|
|Petticoat Politics||Higgins Daughter's Boyfriend|
|Citizen Kane||Reporter smoking pipe at end||Uncredited|
|The Black Cat||Richard Hartley|
|Paper Bullets||Jimmy Kelly aka Bill Dugan|
|The Reluctant Dragon||Al, Baby Weems storyboard artist|
|They Met in Bombay||British Soldier|
|Great Guns||Soldier in Photo Shop|
|Cadet Girl||Harry, musician|
|Military Training||Lieutenant, Platoon Leader, County Fair||Short subject|
|1942||Joan of Paris||"Baby"|
|This Gun for Hire||Philip Raven|
|The Glass Key||Ed Beaumont|
|Lucky Jordan||Lucky Jordan|
|Star Spangled Rhythm||Alan Ladd, Scarface Skit|
|Letter from a Friend||Short subject|
|Screen Snapshots: Hollywood in Uniform||Himself||Short subject|
|1944||Skirmish on the Home Front||Harry W. Average||Short subject|
|And Now Tomorrow||Doctor Merek Vance|
|1945||Salty O'Rourke||Salty O'Rourke|
|Hollywood Victory Caravan||Alan Ladd||Short subject|
|1946||Two Years Before the Mast||Charles Stewart|
|The Blue Dahlia||Johnny Morrison, Lt.Cmdr., ret.|
|OSS||Philip Masson/John Martin|
|Screen Snapshots: The Skolsky Party||Himself||Short subject|
|1947||My Favorite Brunette||Sam McCloud|
|Wild Harvest||Joe Madigan|
|1948||Saigon||Maj. Larry Briggs|
|Beyond Glory||Capt. Rockwell "Rocky" Gilman|
|Whispering Smith||Whispering Smith|
|1949||Eyes of Hollywood||Short subject|
|The Great Gatsby||Jay Gatsby|
|Chicago Deadline||Ed Adams|
|1950||Captain Carey, U.S.A.||Captain Webster Carey|
|1951||Appointment with Danger||Al Goddard|
|Red Mountain||Capt. Brett Sherwood|
|1952||The Iron Mistress||Jim Bowie|
|Thunder in the East||Steve Gibbs|
|A Sporting Oasis||Himself||Short subject|
|1953||Botany Bay||Hugh Tallant|
|Desert Legion||Paul Lartal|
|The Red Beret||Steve "Canada" McKendrick|
|1954||Hell Below Zero||Duncan Craig|
|The Black Knight||John|
|Drum Beat||Johnny MacKay||Producer|
|1955||The McConnell Story||Capt. Joseph C. "Mac" McConnell, Jr.|
|Hell on Frisco Bay||Steve Rollins||Producer|
|1956||Santiago||Caleb "Cash" Adams||Producer|
|A Cry in the Night||Opening narrator||Producer|
|1957||The Big Land||Chad Morgan||Producer|
|Boy on a Dolphin||Dr. James Calder|
|1958||The Deep Six||Alexander "Alec" Austen||Producer|
|The Proud Rebel||John Chandler|
|The Badlanders||Peter Van Hoek ("The Dutchman")|
|1959||The Man in the Net||John Hamilton||Producer|
|Island of Lost Women||Executive producer|
|1960||Guns of the Timberland||Jim Hadley||Executive producer|
|All the Young Men||Sgt. Kincaid||Executive producer|
|One Foot in Hell||Mitch Garrett|
|1961||Duel of Champions||Horatio|
|1962||13 West Street||Walt Sherill||Producer|
|1964||The Carpetbaggers||Nevada Smith||Released posthumously|
|1953||Better Living TV Theatre||Himself||September 6, 1953, episode|
|1954||Red Skelton Revue||Guest (Old West Sketch)||Episode 1.1|
|1954–1958||General Electric Theater||Various roles||3 episodes|
Executive producer (2 episodes)
|1955||Kings Row||Himself||Episode: "Lady in Fear"|
|1957–1958||The Bob Cummings Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|1959||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Episode: "Ivy League"|
- Photoplay 1953 Gold Medal for his performance in Shane
Box office ranking
For a number of years, film exhibitors voted him amongst the top stars at the box office.
|1946||14th||8th or 4th|
|1950||(did not make top 25)||8th|
- In 1948 a survey was taken of the film-going habits of 4,500 teenagers in Lakewood, Ohio. Their "overwhelming first choice" as film star was Alan Ladd.
- The Mikado (May 1933) – as Koko – at North Hollywood high School
- Marinella (19 July 1933) – an aquatic pageant in North Hollywood
- Grey Zone by Martin Mooney (Oct 1936) at Ben Bard Playhouse
- Susanne by Eloisse Keller (Jan 1937) at Ben Bard Playhouse
- Between Two Women by Carey Wilson (April 1937) at Ben Bard Playhouse – with Jack Carson
- Maniacs in Monocles by Robert Riley Crutcher (July 1937) at Ben Bard Playhouse
- Alan Ladd Death Ruled Accidental UPI. The Bulletin of Bend and Central Oregon Feb 5, 1964.
- Obituary Variety, February 5, 1964, page 63.
- "Alan Ladd (1913-1964)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- Alan Ladd (1913–1964), The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
- Linet p 4-5
- Linet pp. 9–10
- Bandit Raids Water Office: Clerk in North Hollywood Menaced With Gun Los Angeles Times 20 July 1933: A16.
- "Embryo Screen Stars Have Day in Court: New Cinema Cron Appears for Approval of Contracts" Los Angeles Times 12 Aug 1933: A10.
- Linet, Beverly. Ladd: The Life, the Legend, the Legacy of Alan Ladd. New York: Arbor House, 1979. ISBN 0-87795-203-5
- "Fine Broth of a Ladd!". Chicago Daily Tribune. 19 September 1943. p. B5.
- Linet p 15
- "San Fernando Valley Will Be Ladd's Home: Ladd's Hedge Is a Rancho" The Washington Post 11 May 1947: S5
- "Alan Ladd Urges Training for Films", Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 28 May 1950: D1.
- Franchey, John R. (7 June 1942). ""The Gent Is Alan Ladd, the Calculating Trigger-Man in 'This Gun for Hire'"". The New York Times. p. X4.
- "Biography of Alan Ladd". The Border Watch. Mount Gambier, SA. 28 November 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 9 December 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- Linet p 40
- "Alan Ladd 8/12". Tcm.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- "Screen News Here and in Hollywood: 'Pied Piper,' Novel by Nevil Shute, Purchased by Fox -- Harold Shuster to Direct Rialto Film Is Held Over ' Badlands of Dakota' to Begin a Second Week -- Swedish Program Opens Today" by Douglas W. Churchill By Telephone to The New York Times. The New York Times 13 Sep 1941: 21.
- "Signing on The Lawn: Mr. Selznick Joins United Artists at Pickfair Meet -- More Hollywoodiana" by Douglas W. Churchill. New York Times 12 Oct 1941: X5.
- Alan Ladd
- Houseman, John (1976). "Lost Fortnight, a Memoir". The Blue Dahlia: A Screenplay. By Chandler, Raymond. Carbondale. pp. xiii.
- "Warners Cement Deal for Rogers' Biography: Alan Ladd Build-Up Set Stars Named for 'Harvest' 20th Bids for De Fore 'Sunday Punch' Slated Rita Piazza to Do Play" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 31 Oct 1941: A10
- Screen News Here and in Hollywood: 'Red Harvest' and 'Connie Goes Home' Bought by Paramount for 1942 Production Rise and Shine' for Roxy Jack Oakie in Film Opening on Friday -- Ballet Stars in Two New Pictures by Telephone to The New York Times. New York Times 2 Dec 1941: 29.
- Pryor, Thomas M. (August 30, 1942). "Random notes about the film scene". The New York Times. p. X3.
- "Alan Ladd – Biography – MSN Movies". Movies.msn.com. 2016-12-16. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- City of nets: a portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s by Otto Friedrich
- Linet p 72
- Shipman p 338
- Studio Gives Leading Roles to Newcomers The Washington Post 7 Jan 1943: B7
- Funk, Edward (2015). Eavesdropping: Loretta Young Talks about her Movie Years. Bear Manor Media. pp. 235–236.
- "Screen News Here and in Hollywood: Betty Hutton is Assigned to 'Let's Face It' -- 'Incendiary Blonde' Is Shelved Disney's Musical Feb. 12 'Saludos Amigos' Will Open at Globe -- Preview Tuesday Night of 'Commandos'". The New York Times. 8 Jan 1943. p. 25.
- "Paula Walling's Hollywood Film Gossip". Sunday Mail. Brisbane. 19 March 1944. p. 7. Retrieved 9 December 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- "President Praises Cinema Leaders: Executive's Reassuring Message Read at Film Academy Dinner" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 5 Mar 1943: A1.
- "A Bit of This and That About the Film Scene" by Thomas M. Pryor. The New York Times 29 Aug 1943: X3.
- Drama and Film: Sandburg Will Write Epic Story for Metro Paramount Building Up Barry Sullivan With Lead Opposite Dorothy Lamour Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 18 Sep 1943: A7.
- "Drama and Film: Stars of Wild Frontier Invading Wild Capital 'Of Human Bondage' Nearing Contingent Stage as Revival; Ladd Reissues Weird" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 7 June 1943: 14.
- Hollywood Has Super 6 Months in Every Way" by Louella Parsons. The Washington Post 4 July 1943: L2.
- "Drama and Film: Pin-Up Betty Grable Top Box-Office Star Scarcity of Women in 'Best' List Noted; Bob Hope Climbs Steadily, Hits Second" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 25 Dec 1943: A8.
- "Drama and Film: Ruth Terry Will Play 'Pistol Packin' Mama' Eric Sinclair, Baritone, to Make Debut in Charles Rogers-United Artists Film" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 19 Oct 1943: 13
- "Alan Ladd, Screen Star. Discharged from Army" Chicago Daily Tribune 29 Oct 1943: 7.
- "Service Corps Plan Outlined: War Council Group Hears of Community Activity Programs" Los Angeles Times 29 Oct 1943: A1.
- "Screen News Here and in Hollywood: Alan Ladd Will Have Lead Role in 'And Now Tomorrow' -- 'Sahara' Opens Today Special to The New York Times". The New York Times 11 Nov 1943: 28.
- "Screen News here and in Hollywood: Paramount to Film 'Two Years Before Mast' -- 2 Broadway Openings This Week Special to The New York Times". The New York Times 6 Dec 1943: 21
- Shipman p 339
- "Screen News here and in Hollywood: Paramount Plans a Remake of 'The Virginian' -- Two New Films Open Here Today Special to The New York Times". The New York Times 4 Mar 1944: 11.
- New Induction Call for Ladd Los Angeles Times 16 Aug 1944: A1.
- "Alan Ladd Inducted into Army 2nd Time". Variety. 16 August 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- "'Latin Quarter' Likely Kiepura-Eggerth Film: Lee Sullivan, Bing Crosby 'Find,' Pens Mystery, 'Murder in B Flat'" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 29 Aug 1944: 10.
- Of Local Origin New York Times 4 Nov 1944: 18.
- "Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd Teamed Again by Frank Daugherty Special to the Christian Science Monitor." The Christian Science Monitor 11 May 1945: 5.
- "Screen News: Evelyn Keyes to Co-Star in Columbia's 'Kansan' " The New York Times 19 May 1945: 15.
- "Action Taken to Curb Outbreak of Rabies" Los Angeles Times 24 May 1945: A12.
- "Paramount Suspends Alan Ladd" Los Angeles Times 23 Aug 1945: A1.
- "Celeste Holm Set for Fox Musical: Listed for Featured Part in 'Three Little Girls in Blue'-- 'Pride of Marines' Due of Local Origin Special to The New York Times". The New York Times 24 Aug 1945: 15.
- "Warners Yielding 'Task Force' Rights: Studio Relinquishes as Navy Asks Earlier Production -- Other Film Unit Sought Special to The New York Times". The New York Times 9 Nov 1945: 26.
- "Variety (November 1945)". Archive.org. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- "Bing Crosby Again Box-Office Leader: Van Johnson Second in Film Poll of Exhibitors--Rogers Wins for Westerns" New York Times 28 Dec 1945: 21.
- "Here's Film Star Who Gives Credit to Fans: Ladd Accords Credit to Fans" Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 22 Aug 1948: D1.
- Paramount's 'OSS' to Star Alan Ladd: Film Is One of Three by Major Studios on Same Subject-- Four Arrivals in Week of Local Origin The New York Times 7 Jan 1946: 16.
- Pat O'Brien to Star in 'The Big Angle': Crime Drama Was Written by Author of 'Bombardier'-- 'Gatsby' to be Remade The New York Times 26 Feb 1946: 31.
- M'Carey's Wage of $1,113,035 Year's Highest: Treasury Report Places Film Producer First Chicago Daily Tribune 17 June 1946: 6.
- Theater Mogul with $568,143 Top '45 Earner: Betty Grable's $208,000 Leads Women Chicago Daily Tribune 26 Aug 1947: 5
- ""Top Grossers of 1947", Variety, 7 January 1948 p 63". Archive.org. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- 'Detective Story' Deal Confirmed by Ginsberg; Columbia Borrows Gwenn Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) 18 July 1949: A7.
- Paramount Gets Option on Novel: To Enact Title Role by Thomas F. Brady The New York Times (1923-Current file) 1 Mar 1950: 42.
- "Stars Who Please— and Tease". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 14 December 1950. p. 2. Retrieved 10 July 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- They're the Tops: Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman Winners in International Popularity Poll Scenarists' Demands of Men and Religion Profitable Deal Arctic War by Thomas F. Brady. The New York Times 28 Jan 1951: X5.
- Ladd Wears Aladdin Air: Golden Rule Figures in Alan's Rise Two of Top Breaks in Career Sprouted From Kindly Deeds Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 18 Mar 1951: D1.
- Television Radio News and Programs: Alan Ladd Offered Video Adventure Series Lead; Gen. Doolittle's Raid on Radio Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times 17 Apr 1951: 22.
- Columbia Will End Pact With Rossen: Studio Seeks to Call Off Deal With Producer Named in the House Communist Inquiry by Thomas F. Brady The New York Times 29 May 1951: 39.
- L.B.Mayer Leaving Metro Film Studio: Quitting Film Post by Thomas F. Brady The New York Times. The New York Times 23 June 1951: 9.
- Ladd, Paramount Discuss Contract: Actor Seeks Picture-a-Year Deal on Long-Term Basis After Current Pact Ends Youngster Gets Role by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 14 Sep 1951: 22.
- "Paramount Signs Ladd to New Pact: Studio and Actor Arrange for Deal Whereby He Will Make One Film a Year on Lot" by Thomas M. Pryor New York Times 29 Feb 1952: 19.
- Paramount Signs Ladd to New Pact: Studio and Actor Arrange for Deal Whereby He Will Make One Film a Year on Lot by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 29 Feb 1952: 19.
- "This Ladd Stepping out on His Own" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 6 April 1952: E1.
- "Para. Wide-Screen at Music Hall for Premiere of 'Shane'". Motion Picture Daily, April 8, 1953.
- "'Wax,' 'Shane' End Sturdy B'Way Runs". Motion Picture Daily, May 20, 1953.
- "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- Brady, Thomas (28 March 1951). "Wald and Krasna in Deal With Anta: R.K.O. Producers to Make 'The Great Moments'--Academy Providing Plays, Actors Film's Title Changed". The New York Times. p. 33.
- Kramer Will Film Story of Wrights: Producer Buys Book by Fred Kelly About Air Pioneers as Basis for New Movie by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 2 May 1952: 21.
- Studios Planning 2 Alan Ladd Films: Warwick and Columbia to Join in Offering 'The Red Beret' and 'The White South' The New York Times 15 July 1952: 17.
- Broccoli, Albert R. & Zec, Donald When the Snow Melts: The Autobiography of Cubby Broccoli Trans-Atlantic Publications 1999
- Bryan Forbes, A Divided Life, Mandarin, 1993 p3-4
- Alan Ladd Delays His Independent Company Los Angeles Times 8 June 1952: E4.
- Scheuer, Philip K. (13 June 1954). "A Town Called Hollywood: Producers Want English Clear--Even in Oklahoma". Los Angeles Times. p. D4.
- "Paramount Buys O'Neill Classic: H. L. Davis Will Adapt 'Desire Under the Elms' for Film -- 'Bullfight' Purchased by Thomas M. Pryor " The New York Times 13 May 1954: 34.
- Alan Ladd Signed for TV Debut; Cisco Kid Rides on KTTV Tonight Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times 9 Oct 1954: A5.
- "Alan Ladd to Make First Appearance on TV in 13 Years" Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times 5 Dec 1954: E11.
- "Support Voiced for 'Taboo' Film: 'Man With Golden Arm,' About Narcotics, to be Released Even if Not Approved" by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 9 Nov 1955: 41.
- Godbout, Oscar (3 July 1956). "TV, Movie Extras Get Salary Rises". The New York Times. p. 17.
- "Gene Kelly Ends One Metro Pact: Actor's Exclusive Service Contract is Replaced by Five-Year Agreement Shaw Screen Play Due of Local Origin" by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 9 Jan 1956: 19.
- "Faulkner Novel Bought for Film: 'Pylon,' Story of Stunt Flier Assigned by Universal to Zugsmith, Producer by Oscar Godbout " The New York Times 23 Jan 1956: 22.
- "Ladd Films Test Show as Video Series; Sulky Veteran Gives Advice Ames", Walter. Los Angeles Times 26 Jan 1956: B10.
- "2 Script Writers Win Credit Fight: Poe and Farrow Will Share Billing With Perelman for 'Around the World' Film Warners Expands Ladd's Pact of Local Origin" by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 6 Mar 1957: 34
- "By Way of Report: Alan Ladd's Full Slate --Other Screen Items" by A.H. Weiler. The New York Times 26 May 1957: X5.
- "Alan Ladd Balances Three-Cornered Career" Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 21 July 1957: E3.
- Shipman, p. 340
- "Alan Ladd Gets Huge England Deal; Hunting Film Stars Prime Trio" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 16 Sep 1957: C11.
- "Mitchum: In His Own Words". Retrieved 2017-02-01 – via Google Books.
- "N. B. C. Weighs Series of Pilot Films; Polly Bergen May Get Summer Role " The New York Times 28 May 1958: 63.
- "Paramount Plans to Produce for TV: To Provide Funds and Studio for Filmed Series as First Step -- Extras in Dispute" by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 2 Mar 1959: 32
- "The Ladds ARE Hollywood: Daddy Alan, Son David, and Daughter Alana--They're All Making Pictures AND Money" Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 15 May 1960: f34.
- Alan Ladd Discusses His 'Unemployment' Vernon, Scott. Los Angeles Times 2 Sep 1961: A6.
- "Film Events: Ladd to Join New Company" Los Angeles Times 12 Jan 1962: A10.
- 'Carpetbaggers' Signs Alan Ladd: Actor to Play Nevada Smith in Film Version of Novel by A.H. Weiler. The New York Times 27 May 1963: 25.
- "Filmland Events: Alan Ladd Plans Filming of 'Box 13'" Los Angeles Times 23 Aug 1963: C8.
- Linet p 23-25
- "Alan Ladd Recovering From Shot" Los Angeles Times 5 Nov 1962: A1.
- "Detectives to Question Ladd on Gun Wounds: Doctor Says Bullet Entered Actor's Chest Between Ribs, Passed Through Left Lung LADD" Los Angeles Times 4 Nov 1962: A.
- "'I Thought I Heard a Prowler,' Ladd Explains: Actor Tells of Getting Out of Bed to Investigate, Tripping, Shooting Himself" Los Angeles Times 6 Nov 1962: A2.
- "Ladd's Version of Shooting Is Accepted" The Washington Post, Times Herald 7 Nov 1962: A4.
- Alan Ladd, Awards
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
- Farber, Stephen; Green, Marc (1984). Hollywood Dynasties. Delilah. p. 182. ISBN 0-887-15000-4.
- Henry, Marilyn; DeSourdis, Ron (1984). The Films of Alan Ladd. Citadel Press. p. 24. ISBN 0-806-50736-5.
- Henry 1981 p.25
- Mennie, James (May 26, 1979). "The Star We Hardly Knew". The Montreal Gazette. p. 32. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
- "Rites Held for Ex-Wife of Actor Alan Ladd" Los Angeles Times 4 May 1957: A8.
- Actor Alan Ladd Marries Sue Carol Near Mexico City Los Angeles Times 8 Apr 1942: 7.
- Daughter Is Born to Mrs. Alan Ladd; Sue Carol of Films Chicago Daily Tribune 22 April 1943: 4.
- Bacon, James (January 29, 1964). "Rugged Screen Career of Alan Ladd Ended by Death". Lodi News-Sentinel. p. 15. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- "MSN – Movies: Jordan Ladd". Movies.msn.com. 2016-12-16. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- "Confidential Jury Hears Star Gossip Stories: Magazines Read by Prosecutor Confidential Testimony Prosecutor Wears Out Voice on Confidential's Racy Prose Scandal Stories" Smith, Jack. Los Angeles Times 15 Aug 1957: 1.
- Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938–1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.
- Shipman, David. The Great Movie Stars: The Golden Years. New York: Hill & Wang, 1979. ISBN 0-8090-5170-2
- Lenburg, Jeff (2001). Peekaboo: The Story of Veronica Lake. Lincoln NE: iUniverse. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-0595192397.
- Houseman, John (1989). Unfinished business: memoirs, 1902–1988. New York: Applause Theatre Books. p. 260. ISBN 978-1557830241.
- Udel, James C. (2013). The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7864-6484-5.
- Baldwin, Paul and John Williams Malone (2001). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting. Indianapolis: Alpha. p. 122. ISBN 978-0028641539.
- Moss, Marilyn Ann (2011). Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. p. 334. ISBN 978-0813133935.
- "Movie Star Alan Ladd, 50, Found Dead in His Home: Alan Ladd, 50 Movie Actor, Dies in Home Star Won Fame as Film Gunman" Chicago Tribune 30 Jan 1964: 1
- "Actor Alan Ladd Dies in Palm Springs Home: Alan Ladd Death" Los Angeles Times 30 Jan 1964: 1.
- "Find Alcohol, 3 Drugs Fatal to Alan Ladd: Coroner Rules Death Was Accidental" Chicago Tribune 4 Feb 1964: 5.
- Alan Ladd at Find a Grave
- "Widow Lets Fans Take Last Look at Alan Ladd: Hundreds Pass by Open Casket After She Learns They Were Gathered Near Church" Los Angeles Times 2 Feb 1964: B.
- Wife Given Property in Alan Ladd's Will Los Angeles Times 5 Feb 1964: A3.
- The Post Radio highlights the Washington Post (1923–1954) [Washington, D.C.] 30 May 1942: 20.
- Judy Garland, Alan Ladd to Star in Silver Theater Chicago Daily Tribune 12 Dec 1943: S6.
- "Radio Notes for Today". The Washington Post. 6 Jan 1944. p. B11.
- "Abc Video Puts Off Eisenhower Story: Network Postpones 'Crusade in Europe' Until April -- Hoover to be Feted" New York Times 9 Mar 1949: 50.
- Complete copy of film at Internet Archive
- "R.K.O. Negotiating to Back 10 Movie: Studio Would Finance Films Completed Within Year by Panoramic Productions" by Thomas M. Pryor The New York Times 3 Mar 1954: 23.
- 'Drama And Film: Pin-Up Betty Grable Top Box-Office Star Scarcity of Women in 'Best' List Noted; Bob Hope Climbs Steadily, Hits Second', Los Angeles Times 25 Dec 1943: A8
- 'Bing Crosby Again Box-Office Leader: Van Johnson Second in Film Poll of Exhibitors—Rogers Wins for Westerns', The New York Times 28 Dec 1945: 21.
- 'Bing Crosby Again Tops Money-Making Star List', Los Angeles Times 27 Dec 1946: A3.
- "Film World". The West Australian (Second Edition. ed.). Perth. 28 February 1947. p. 20. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- Mason Tops Bing Crosby: English Actor Wins in British Poll--Hope, Ladd Runners Up New York Times 19 Dec 1946: 41.
- "Anna Neagle Most Popular Actress". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 January 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- Old Guard' Holds Fort With Crosby Leading Big Box-Office Survey Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 31 Dec 1948: 9.
- 'Hope Edges Out Crosby as Box-Office Champ; Wayne, Williams', Los Angeles Times 30 Dec 1949: 15
- "Tops at Home". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 31 December 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Vivien Leigh Actress of the Year". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Qld. 29 December 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Martin and Lewis Top U.S. Film Poll". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 December 1952. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Film Fans Fancy Mr. Cooper". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 1 January 1954. p. 6. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Popular in Films". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW. 30 December 1954. p. 1. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- "John Wayne Heads Box-Office Poll". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 31 December 1954. p. 6. Retrieved 27 April 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- 'Dirk Bogarde favourite film actor', The Irish Times 29 Dec 1955: 9.
- "British Film Drew Biggest Audiences: "Reach for the Sky"". The Manchester Guardian. Manchester (UK). 13 Dec 1956. p. 5.
- Teen-Age Film Critics The Christian Science Monitor 26 Mar 1948: 20.
- "Grey Zone", Tense Drama, Scores Hit in Premiere" von Blon, Katherine T. Los Angeles Times 12 Oct 1936: 10.
- "'Susanne' Sprightly Offering" von Blon, Katherine T. Los Angeles Times 1 Feb 1937: A14.
- "News of Stage and Screen: Public Likes New Version of Picture Fans Enjoy 'Seventh Heaven While Eastern Critics Deprecate" Lusk, Norbert. Los Angeles Times 4 Apr 1937: C3.
- "Comings and Goings Latest Studio and Theater Gossip the Drama World: New Vincent Drama Flays Ways of War Playwright Comes to Hollywood to Produce "Road to the Rainbow", Described as Panoply of Peace" von Blon, Katherine T. Los Angeles Times 11 July 1937: C2.
- "Shubert Bewails Lack of Actors for Stage Offerings" Los Angeles Times 31 July 1937: A7.
- Shipman, David, The Great Movie Stars 1: The Golden Years, 1989