Friday, February 17, 2017
Happy Alaniversary to Me
We briefly interrupt this celebration of all things Jane Austen to bring you a few lovely pictures of Alan Ladd. And to celebrate the fact that it was one year ago today that I first watched Whispering Smith (1948) and fell "in love" with him.
I've seen seventeen of his films now, and own another nine that are waiting for me to watch them. Trouble is, I keep rewatching the ones I've already seen (and there are a whole bunch I want to watch yet again to review here), so seeing new ones goes slowly. Which is how I like it, because you know I love to savor things I enjoy.
I've never before had an actor rise so quickly up my list of favorites. While John Wayne is still my #1, Alan now runs him a close #2, which means Hugh Jackman has fallen to #3. What's crazy to me about that is that it took me almost ten years to decide Hugh Jackman was my second-favorite and displace Harrison Ford from that spot, where Harrison had reigned second only to John Wayne for almost twenty years. And then along comes Alan Ladd and, within six months, there he is, firmly ensconced near the top of my heart.
So here's to you, Alan Ladd, the quiet man who played so many hard-hitters, but was by all accounts a very sweet and soft-hearted person in real life. And here's to the year to come and all the movies of yours I will watch in it.