"Actor: Alan Ladd"

  • This Gun For Hire (Eureka Classics) Blu-rayThis Gun For Hire (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (14/09/2020) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    One of the most revered film noir hits of the 1940s, This Gun for Hire was also the debut teaming of Veronica Lake, in one of her sultriest and most iconic roles, and Alan Ladd. Following the success of the film, the duo would go on to team up in several more features, although This Gun for Hire remains their most fondly remembered pairing. Ladd as a frightening yet oddly sympathetic hit man was only fourth-billed in this defining early noir, yet it became the breakout role that turned him into a star. As The New York Times said of Ladd upon the film's 1942 release, He is really an actor to watch. After this stinging performance, he has something to live up to or live down. Lake is nightclub chanteuse Ellen, and her police detective boyfriend Michael (Robert Preston) is on the hunt for assassin-for-hire Philip Raven (Ladd), after Raven performed a hit on a chemist with a secret formula and a taste for blackmail. When Raven's employer Gates (Laird Cregar) double crosses him after the job is done, Raven seeks revenge, and his path crosses with Ellen after she is hired to perform at Gates' club. Raven learns that the stolen formula is for a poison gas that is to be sold to the Japanese, and his pangs of conscience and revelations of his tortured past turn Ellen's fear into compassion, just as dangerous forces close in on Raven. But Ellen is still unsure if Raven can be trusted... Adapted from Graham Greene's novel, This Gun for Hire is a stylish wartime espionage noir that was actually in the middle of shooting when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entered the war. Lake and Ladd were such a dynamic pairing that Paramount already teamed them again for the same year's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key before this was even released. In a touch of cinematic irony, The Glass Key had previously been filmed in 1935...by This Gun for Hire director Frank Tuttle (who did not return for the '42 version). Special Features: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K scan of the original film elements Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio Audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin This Gun for Hire episode of Lux Radio Theater with the voices of Alan Ladd and Joan Blondell This Gun for Hire episode of The Screen Guild Theater with the voices of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake Theatrical trailer A collector's booklet featuring new writing by film writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, and film writer Craig Ian Mann

  • Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid [DVD]Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £5.39   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He s tough, rough and ready to take anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheese-maker has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead to the Carlotta Lists . With a little help from his friends , Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Burt Lancaster, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Laughton, etc, Reardon gets his man. An exciting, action-packed film the way 40s films used to be!

  • The Blue Dahlia [Blu-ray]The Blue Dahlia | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016) from £12.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (53.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Hollywood legends Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake (The Glass Key, This Gun For Hire) team up for a masterfully told tale of suspense and intrigue in the classic noir tradition. When discharged navy officer Johnny Morrison (Ladd) comes home from war to his old stomping ground in the Hollywood Hills, he is shocked to discover his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) having an affair with the proprietor of the glamorous Blue Dahlia nightclub. But when Helen is murdered and Johnny is fingered as the prime suspect, he is forced to prove his innocence, aided by a woman harbouring a dark secret, the beautiful and enigmatic Joyce (Lake). Directed by George Marshall (Destry Rides Again, How the West Was Won) from a script by acclaimed hard-boiled novelist Raymond Chandler his only produced original screenplay The Blue Dahlia sparkles with wit and old Hollywood glamour, showcasing some of the most celebrated talent of the golden age of the silver screen at their iconic best, making its high definition debut in this feature-packed release from Arrow Academy. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Selected scene commentary by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity Introduction to the film by Frank Krutnik Rare 1949 half-hour radio dramatization of The Blue Dahlia by The Screen Guild Theater, starring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd Original theatrical trailer Extensive gallery of vintage stills and promotional materials Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tonci Zonjic

  • Shane [Masters of Cinema] (Single-Disc Standard Edition Blu-ray) [1953]Shane | Blu Ray | (06/06/2016) from £9.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.06%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton

  • The Great Western Collection - Volume 2 [6 Disc Boxset] [DVD]The Great Western Collection - Volume 2 | DVD | (25/08/2014) from £15.99   |  Saving you £24.00 (150.09%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Six of your favourite Western Classics in one box set! Disc One - Hell Bent For LeatherAfter having his horse stolen Clay Santell stops in the town of Suttersville but is mistaken by the townspeople and a crooked U.S. Marshall for a murderer named Travers. Clay's challenge is not only to get away from the Marshal and his posse but to somehow prove his innocence as well Disc Two - Evil Roy SladeOrphaned and left in the desert as an infant Evil Roy Slade grew up alone - save for his teddy bear - and mean. As an adult he is notorious for being the meanest villain in the West so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter. There's also Nelson L. Stool a railroad tycoon who along with his dim-witted nephew Clifford is trying to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for robbing him. Disc Three - Gun For A CowardA young cowboy whose dedication to the principles of peace and reason has earned him a reputation for cowardice overcomes his psychological aversion to violence after his elder brother unjustly censures him for not joining in a foolhardy gunfight in which their youngest brother is killed. Disc Four - Whispering SmithLuke Whispering Smith is a by-the-book no-nonsense railroad detective who learns his friend Murray Sinclair has been fired from his railroad job. Seeking vengeance Sinclair begins helping outlaw Barney Rebstock wreck trains. Now Smith must find and bring his old friend to justice... at any cost in this suspenseful adventure filled with pistol-packing action. Disc Five - The Cimarron KidAfter being falsely accused of a payroll heist the Cimarron Kid heads for the high country where he joins the outlaw Dalton gang. When the Daltons are decimated during a daring daylight bank robbery the Kid takes over what is left of the gang and hides out at a local ranch. Here he is reformed by the love of the rancher's daughter Carrie Roberts but not so reformed that he doesn't embark upon one last robbery. Disc Six - Ride A Crooked TrailAudie Murphy plays Joe Maybe an outlaw who is mistaken for U.S. Marshall Jim Noonan when he assumes the man s identity after his death. Pretending to be Noonan Maybe is appointed sheriff of Webb City a rough river town. The only reason he goes along with the ruse is so that he can gain easy access to the town and plan a robbery.

  • Film Noir Collection [DVD]Film Noir Collection | DVD | (27/03/2017) from £6.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    4 Movies Film Noir Collection Includes: Double Indemnity One of the finest films the noir genre has to offer. Double Indemnity has a bona fide Hollywood cast: Fred MacMurry is the insurance salesman led astray by Barbara Stanwyck's definitive femme fatale, Edward G Robinson investigates them. The Blue Dahlia Raymond Chandler's one and only screenplay (nominated for an Oscar®*). Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake are the leads: He is the returning GI who may or may not have been framed for murder, she is the femme fatale aiding him. The Glass Key This masterful adaption of Dasheill Hammett's tale of intrigue sees Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake positively smouldering as a henchman and politician's daughter drawn to each other. This Gun for Hire An early example of the noir genre and the first time pairing of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd, here making his screen debut. Based on a Graham Greene novel.

  • The Glass Key [Blu-ray]The Glass Key | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016) from £13.89   |  Saving you £6.10 (43.92%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Twists, double-crosses and political intrigue abound in this classic thriller starring the golden couple of film noir, Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd (The Blue Dahlia, This Gun For Hire). A crooked political boss, Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy), falls for Janet Henry (Lake), daughter of a prospective Baltimore governor, and decides to mend his ways. However, when Janet s no-good brother turns up dead, Madvig s colourful past returns to haunt him as he is fingered as the likely suspect. Which of his many enemies conspired to frame him? And can he, with the assistance of right-hand man Ed Beaumont (Ladd), prove his innocence before he is sent down for murder? The earliest collaboration between Lake and Ladd, The Glass Key boasts a screenplay adapted from the novel by Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon), father of hard-boiled crime. Now appearing for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the UK, this timeless noir thriller shines like never before. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original uncompressed PCM mono audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary by crime fiction and film expert Barry Forshaw New visual essay on the film by Alastair Phillips, co-author of 100 Film Noirs Rare 1946 half-hour radio dramatization of The Glass Key by The Screen Guild Theater, starring Alan Ladd, Marjorie Reynolds and Gene Kelly Original theatrical trailer Extensive gallery of vintage stills and promotional materials Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tonci Zonjic

  • Film Noir CollectionFilm Noir Collection | DVD | (15/10/2007) from £40.48   |  Saving you £-10.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Set Comprises: The Killers (1946) Double Indemnity (1944) The Big Steal (1949) Crossfire (1947) Out of the Past (1947) The Blue Dahlia (1946) The Glass Key (1942) This Gun For Hire (1942) Farewell My Lovely (1944)

  • This Gun For HireThis Gun For Hire | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (85.69%)   |  RRP £9.99

    He's dynamite with a gun or a girl. One of Hollywood's classic hard-boiled thrillers and a favorite of suspense film lovers. The picture marked the first hit pairing of tough guy Alan Ladd in the role that made him an instant star and sultry blonde bombshell Veronica Lake. Adapted from a novel by Graham Greene it's the hard-edged story of love power and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's. Raven (Alan Ladd) is a cold-blooded professional killer who's been double-crossed by his client. Ellen (Veronica Lake) is a beautiful nightclub singer who's spying on her corrupt boss. Lt. Michael Crane (Robert Preston) is a dedicated cop who wants Ellen's love and Raven's capture. The tension mounts and before the case is wrapped up someone will pay with his life.

  • The Blue DahliaThe Blue Dahlia | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £5.00   |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)   |  RRP £9.99

    When Johnny Morrison returns home at the end of the war he expects to receive a warm welcome from his wife. However he makes the unpleasant discovery that she's been unfaithful to him with Eddie Harwood the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. After a heated and violent argument he storms out of their house. Later that night she's murdered--and Johnny winds up the prime suspect. Now to prove his innocence Johnny must find the real culprit. Among the suspects are the ruthless nightclub owner and a vicious gangster. Joyce Harwood the estranged wife of the club's proprietor lends Johnny a hand and the two fall in love while tracking down the killer. Two ex-service buddies also come to Johnny's aid: the shell-shocked Buzz Wanchek and George Copeland. Will Johnny solve the mystery before the police find him and charge him with murder? This film noir classic was Raymond Chandler's first original story written directly for the screen.

  • Shane [1953]Shane | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £3.00   |  Saving you £12.99 (81.20%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton

  • 28 Days [2000]28 Days | DVD | (12/04/2004) from £5.38   |  Saving you £0.61 (11.34%)   |  RRP £5.99

    28 DAYS, the story of Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock), a successful New York writer living in the fast lane and everyone's favorite party girl.

  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid [1982]Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid | DVD | (06/06/2005) from £5.38   |  Saving you £0.61 (10.20%)   |  RRP £5.99

    As the private eye of private eyes Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He's tough rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest appears on the scene with a case: her father a noted scientist philanthropist and cheesemaker has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead to the 'Carlotta Lists'. With a little help from his 'friends' Alan Ladd Barbara Stanwyck Ray Milland Burt Lancaster Humphrey Bogart Charles Laughton

  • Red Beret [DVD]Red Beret | DVD | (06/06/2011) from £3.00   |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Alan Ladd stars in this spectacular World War Two action drama as a paratrooper in Britain’s new, elite Parachute Regiment. ‘Canada’ MacKendrick (Alan Ladd) volunteers as a paratrooper in Britain’s fight against the Nazis. But his problems with taking orders and his refusal to take responsibility raise suspicions amongst his Commanding Officers. What is ‘Canada’ MacKendrick hiding from everyone? Fearless in battle, whether raiding a German radar installation or storming an airfield in North Africa, MacKendrick proves his worth to the regiment – but will his secret get him killed?

  • 28 Days [2000]28 Days | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £13.48   |  Saving you £6.51 (48.29%)   |  RRP £19.99

    28 DAYS, the story of Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock), a successful New York writer living in the fast lane and everyone's favorite party girl.

  • The Proud Rebel [DVD]The Proud Rebel | DVD | (19/05/2007) from £5.29   |  Saving you £0.70 (11.70%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Set in the uncertain years after the Civil War John Chandler (Alan Ladd) journeys north to seek medical help for his young son who since witnessing a horrific incident during the war has been unable to speak. Chandler finds himself sentenced to 30 days in jail after wrongly being accused of starting a brawl with two brothers from a powerful local ranching family - the Burleighs. A local woman who witnessed the fight Linnett Moore comes to the father and son's rescue and pays the fine in exchange for 30 days work on her farm but it seems Chandler isn't the only one to have had a run-in with the Burleigh family. Linnett's farm borders the Burleigh property and they're going to take her land whatever the cost.

  • Saskatchewan (Universal) [DVD]Saskatchewan (Universal) | DVD | (19/05/2007) from £7.79   |  Saving you £2.20 (22.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    On their return from a hunting trip in the Canadian mountains, Mountie Thomas O'Rourke (Alan Ladd) and his Cree half brother Cajou (Jay Silverheels) stumble upon a burned out wagon train and its sole survivor, Grace Markey (Shelley Winters). Indian tensions are running high as the warring American Sioux cross the border from the United States in an attempt to enlist the help of the Cree to fight the U.S. Cavalry. To prevent the alliance between the two Indian nations, the Canadian troops embark on a march to Fort Walsh, a dangerous journey with death stalking their every move. Caught between his duty as a soldier and his beliefs as a man raised by the Cree, O'Rourke must decide where his loyalties lie.

  • The Glass KeyThe Glass Key | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (46.10%)   |  RRP £9.99

    A classic murder mystery based on the the Dashiell Hammet novel and said to be the inspiration for Kurosawa's Yojimbo. When a corrupt politician is accused of murder his assistant hunts the real killer avoiding amorous advances from his boss' fiancee and attacks from gangsters along the way.

  • Poison Ivy [1992]Poison Ivy | DVD | (30/01/2013) from £20.40   |  Saving you £-11.42 (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    One look and you can tell she's trouble. The bleached blonde hair the pouting lips the skirt just short enough to show off the tattoo on her thigh. But Cooper (Sara Gilbert) herself an outsider like's the newcomer's style. She befriends her and before long the loner she nicknames Ivy (Drew Barrymore) becomes part of Cooper's family. But for Ivy a handful of home comforts is not nearly enough. She becomes obsessed by desire for Cooper's father (Tom Skerritt) and vows that no-one

  • Boy On A Dolphin [DVD] (1957)Boy On A Dolphin | DVD | (12/05/2014) from £2.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (77.00%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Phaedra (Sophia Loren in her first Hollywood role) is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While deep diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin. Anthropologist Jim Calder (Alan Ladd), working in Greece to restore national treasures, wants the artifact but he can't pay for it, and asks Phaedra to donate it to his museum. In the meantime, Phaedra's lazy boyfriend has seized on the opportunity to sell the treasure to an unscrupulous art.

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