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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The Mystery of Alan Ladd

The Mystery of Alan Ladd

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The Mystery of Alan Ladd
The first film I ever saw Ladd in was the stylish 40’s thriller THIS GUN FOR HIRE. Ladd plays a beautiful but deadly hit man in this classic film noir with Veronica Lake.

FILM NOIR STAR

Ladd’s film career

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Dynamic Duos Blog about Ladd and Lake – “Cool. Compact. Blonde. Gorgeous.”

Box 13 Episodes on Archive.Org – listen to the classic Alan Ladd radio shows. Other Alan Ladd radio shows from the Screen Guild Theater and Lux Radio Theater are also available on Archive.Org. Full episode information for the Screen Guild Theater can be found here and for the Lux Radio Theater here . My favorites are the episode of the Blue Dahlia and O.S.S. also co-starring Veronica Lake.


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