Sunday, July 4, 2010
Alan Ladd and Robert Preston performed in the western film, Whispering Smith(1948). Alan Ladd plays a railroad detective who is hired to stop a gang of train robbers. It is based on a novel by Frank H. Spearman and a previous 1926 film starring H.B. Warner in the title role with Lillian Rich, Lilyan Tashman, John Bowers, and Eugene Pallette as supporting cast.
In 1961, Whispering Smith became a 20-episode NBC series of the same name, with Audie Murphy, a film star and World War II hero, in the title role.
In (1953)Ladd played the title role in the 1953 western Shane. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was listed at No. 45 on the American Film Institute's 2007 ranking of "100 Years ... 100 Movies."
Alan Ladd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street. His handprint appears in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood.