A Pale Writer is Mad about the Ladd…
Never one to resist a tag, I entered the Laddish world of gifs and pics.
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Carl Reiner, 1982), Matt Yockey
My tagger (is that a word?) for this post is the lovely Gabriela from Pale Writer who is obsessed with Alan Ladd. Almost as much as I am about Dallas (1978-91), the original series which is mentioned HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Not forgetting HERE. Where I chose my first blogathon theme round my favourite entertainment thing ever, Gabriela went one better.
This as Gabriela then invited the blogging world to join her in this obsession with a second tribute – with her impending blogathon starting today – and dedicated to all things Alan Ladd. She asked us – via this page HERE – to find our favourite gif and four fabulous pictures of her favourite blond-haired Adonis (with I believe Helmut Berger now added to her list of lovelies).
This the mission I chose to accept… and the rules here:
- Please add the name and link to the person/blogger who tagged you. Also, add Pale Writer with a link to her blog and the original post HERE.
- Please post your four favourite pictures of Alan Ladd and your favourite gif of this actor.
- Say why you love your four pictures and your gif.
- Tag four others who are classic film loggers or within the film community on Twitter.
- Add these rules.
Anyway now to the task at hand. Admittedly, I have not seen this actor or remembered him in anything. So I skipped merrily to his IMDb and Wikipedia page to relearn what films he’d done. His IMDb page with a tribute with a clip of a Steve Martin movie (I had heard of), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982). I also learned the fact he’s related to Charlie’s Angels (1976-81) Cheryl Ladd. The gif and pictures were then procured from a wee search on this actor.
Starting with the Gif, with which I assume (correct me if I’m wrong) is from (or inspired by) his wee role in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. This gif was picked as this movie has on the to watch (and review) list for the cast list alone. The film has a mash-up of Steve Martin with some Golden Hollywood Greats in the 1980s, black and white film with a touch of the neo-noir.
I knew this cast had a list of cameo appearances a mile long including everyone from Ingrid Bergman to Bette Davis and Burt Lancaster to Cary Grant. But I didn’t realise this cast list included Alan Ladd as the enigmatically named The Exterminator, which sounds ominous but cool.
After seeing James Garner in a chunky jumper in The Great Escape (1963), I’ve adored seeing actors similarly attired. Especially in Christmas jumpers (see Curt Jurgens in the Man from Uncle film The Karate Killers (1967)) or just chunky ones (see the cast of North Sea Hijack / ffolkes (1980) especially Roger Moore and Antony Perkins and Richard Todd in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1970). Don’t ask me why I don’t know myself.. but hey ho.
The Gif choice brings me to my next picture which has all those Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid special appearances including Mr Ladd. I like this picture now – thanks to various blogathons – I can recognise more of the cast in this Golden Hollywood star lineup. This will be useful as a checklist should you watch this film. It’s also nice to see Ladd almost got top billing in this starry lineup with more stars than your average disaster film.
This picture was chosen after I learnt he played this role and searched for a picture. from his titular role in The Great Gatsby (1949). This one has three other lovely actors who played this character (sigh). I haven’t seen Alan Ladd in his portrayal, but have seen bits of the Robert Redford one and all of the Leonard DiCaprio one (of course). I am now super intrigued to see Alan Ladd in this movie. Especially now as I’ve read the always splendid, Shelley Winters is in the cast.
I love this picture as I adore behind the scenes and photos of stars off-screen just being themselves. I’d love to be a fly on the wall watching Ladd with lovely Joan Crawford and his wife. Equally, I’d love to know more about this picture of where they were, what was said and what happened next.
So for this tag, I’m now tagging four lovely ladies to continue this tag…
- Cat at Thoughts All Sorts
- Ruth at Silver Screenings
- Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood
- Le at Critica Retro
This now part of Gabriela’s blogathon so on behalf of me and Gabriela, I’m now also opening this to everyone else…
This review was added to Pale Writer 2′s The Man Who Would Be Shane Blogathon. Other posts with those stars who appeared in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. George Gaynes stars in Tootsie which is reviewed here and here. Ingrid Bergman stars in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, Murder on The Orient Express and Indiscreet, Joan Crawford in The Man from UNCLE, Ava Gardner in Knots Landing and The Cassandra Crossing. Bette Davis in Madame Sin. Cary Grant stars in An Affair to Remember, Burt Lancaster in The Cassandra Crossing, Charles Laughton in The Paradine Case, Fred MacMurray in The Apartment and Vincent Price in Catchfire / Trackback.