The Dynamic Duos Blogathon: Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

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Cool. Compact. Blonde. Gorgeous.

That was Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.

This visually appealing couple appeared in a total of seven films together – This Gun for Hire (1942), The Glass Key  (1942), Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), Duffy’s Tavern (1945), The Blue Dahlia (1946), Variety Girl (1947), and Saigon (1948). In three of these – Variety Girl, Star Spangled Rhythm and Duffy’s Tavern – they appeared as themselves. My favorites, of course, were their film noir features – but more about those later.

Lake and Ladd had more in common than their series of films together – they were both golden-haired, both petite in stature, both attractive. Both were known better as movie stars than acclaimed thespians. Both struggled with alcohol, both experienced well-publicized ups and downs on and off screen, and – in an odd and intriguing twist of fate – both died at the age of…

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