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Announcing The Man Who Would Be Shane: The Alan Ladd Blogathon

As many of you know, Alan Ladd means a lot to me. He’s my favourite classic male film star, and I have spent many happy hours trying to watch as many films of his as possible. I’ve also started a blog series dedicated to him and have written a number of articles that feature his films. And so I feel, that for his 106th birthday, it is only fitting to celebrate this wonderful man and actor with a blogathon dedicated to his life and work.

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Alan was born in very reduced circumstances in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and his father died when he was a small child. He spent time in an itinerant camp as a child with his mother and stepfather for four months before they finally reached California. Whilst in school, Alan was extremely popular and an accomplished swimmer. Upon leaving school, he married his childhood sweetheart, and they lived in very reduced circumstances as Alan tried to procure work to support his wife and young son, Alan Jr.

Alan was repeatedly disappointed in his attempts to procure acting jobs, and after a decade of failed attempts, he finally retreated to radio, where he was very successful. This was how Alan became acquainted with Sue Carol, a former silent film actress turned talent agent, who would become his second wife, with whom he would have two children, David and Alana.

 

Alan’s breakout role was in This Gun For Hire in which he played the tragic hitman opposite, Veronica Lake, with whom he would make a number of successful films, such as The Blue Dahlia and Saigon. From this point on Alan shot to stardom and was Paramount’s biggest box office earner for over a decade. He was also consistently voted the most popular male star in Hollywood, meaning that during the 1940s and much of the 1950s, he received thousands of fan letters, which he made sure he replied to with a signed picture of himself. His fans and family were more important to him, in his own words, than his stardom.

 

Alan left an indelible mark on cinema, originating the signature trench coat and trilby outfit that is a famous part of film noir, inspiring his contemporaries Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum to adopt the same dress in their films. His influence on cinema has been incalculable, most notably with his most famous role, Shane, which many consider to be a tour de force Western due to Alan’s unforgettable performance.

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And so the blogathon dedicated to him will be held on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of September, 2019.

The Rules:

  1. Alan had a very long career and so his filmography is very impressive. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
  2. You can write about anything you like pertaining to Alan’s film career, television appearances he made, books written about him and his friendships and relationships with his fellow classic film stars etc.
  3. I will not be allowing any entries about his affair with June Allyson, as this as only been revealed fairly recently and I do not want either of their names to be attacked in any way. Also, if you must mention Alan’s alcoholism, please make sure it is relevant and respectful. This blogathon is dedicated to Alan’s life and work and I want to celebrate him, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about him.
  4. Just to reiterate: the blogathon is being held on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of September, 2019. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, me know.
  5. Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
  6. And most importantly, me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at palewriterblog@gmail.com, contacting me  on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as an amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tell me your twitter handle as well so I can promote everything on there. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto me and I’ll post it for you.
  7. Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.

I very much hope that you will join me and that you will enjoy writing all about wonderful Alan!

Participation List: 

Pale Writer: A Tribute to Alan and The Proud Rebel (1958)

The Stop Button: The Great Gatsby (1949)

The Poppity Talks Classic Films: Saskatchewan (1954)

Reelweegiemidget Reviews: The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Overture Books and Film: Saigon (1948)

Dubsism: Shane (1953)

The Midnite Drive In: Drum Beat (1954) and Whispering Smith (1948)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy: O.S.S. (1946) and Captain Carey U.S.A (1949)

Caftan Woman: Appointment With Danger (1950)

Silver Screen Classics: This Gun For Hire (1942)

Cinematic Catharsis: The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Classic Film Obsession: Branded (1950)

 

The Banners:

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29 thoughts on “Announcing The Man Who Would Be Shane: The Alan Ladd Blogathon”

  1. As you know, Dubsism is the home of a series you know “Sports Analogies Hidden In Classic Movies.” Well, there’s a new series in the works called “Movies Everybody Loves That I Hate.” The second episode was posted yesterday.

    The Alan Ladd movie classic “Shane” is on the list for an installment in this series, and despite the title, this would actually make a good fit for your event. One of the main points is “Shane” is only a classic because Ladd’s performance makes it one, and that if it weren’t for him, it;s just another western. In other words, I’m very complimentary of Ladd even though I find the film wanting in other areas.

    I’m willing to contribute it if you’re willing to have it.

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    1. That’s all good, Dub. As long as you’re respectful of Alan, which I know you will be, then I’m happy to have it. And I know you’d never dislike a movie for the sake of it. So thanks for joining 😊

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  2. Hello! I’m a huge Alan Ladd fan and would love to join the blogathon. I would select ‘Branded’ if it’s not already taken. Thank you! My blog is at classicfilmobsessions.blogspot.com

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