On this day in 2016, I watched Alan Ladd in Whispering Smith (1948) for the first time, and I've been a goner ever since.
Five years is quite a while to be stuck on the same movie star, I think. It is for me, anyway.
This started as just another "spring fling," where I get all interested in an actor and watch as many of his movies as I can for a few months and then he slides into my pantheon of favorites somewhere along the line. This happens every few years (and not always in the spring). It almost never develops into a lasting favoritism -- and never before has a spring crush rocketed up into a top slot in my list of favorites the way Alan Ladd did. Within six months, he had edged out Hugh Jackman as my second-favorite actor. It took Hugh Jackman ten years to replace Harrison Ford in that spot.
So, today, I'm celebrating five years of loving Ladd by sharing some of my favorite blog headers that featured him, as well as rounding up links to all of his movies I've reviewed.
I'm not sure I ever used this header, actually. If I did, it would have been while I was leading my read-along of Shane by Jack Schaefer over on my book blog, The Edge of the Precipice. That read-along was what sparked my Alan Ladd obsession, indirectly -- I wanted to do a giveaway at the end of it, with the film version of Shane (1953) and two other westerns, one starring each of the Shane stars, Alan Ladd and Van Heflin. It was easy to pick 3:10 to Yuma (1957) as the Van Heflin western, but I wasn't sure about the other, so I found and watched Whispering Smith (1948), and that was the beginning of everything, like I said.
And this collage of Alan Ladd reading was my header for basically all of 2020. It's a favorite for me.