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Broccoli's recently formed Warwick Films on condition that Ladd's personal screenwriter Richard Maibaum co-write the films.
The result was three films of good quality, made in England for tax reasons: 'Paratrooper' in 1953 (also known as The Red Beret') and 'Hell below Zero' and 'The Black Knight' in 1954.
The role which made him a star came almost immediately.
In 'This Gun for Hire' in 1942 Ladd gave a stylish performance which gelled perfectly with his new co-star, Veronica Lake.
The movies in the latter part of his career were generally mediocre such as 'The Mc Connell Story' in 1955 and 'The Proud Rebel' in 1958.
An exception was 'Boy on a Dolphin' in 1957 in which he co-starred with Sophia Loren in her debut English language film.
The entrepreneurial Ladd took advantage of his new-found fame and he formed his own production company, Mayfair Productions, and in 1947 started his own syndicated radio series, "Box 13" about the escapades of newspaperman-turned-mystery novelist, Dan Holliday, played of course, by Ladd.
Ladd briefly joined the acting school at Universal Pictures, financed by a family friend, and worked for a time at Warner Brothers as a carpenter and as a studio grip.Ladd's most famous role came in 1953 in 'Shane', playing the starring role of the mysterious gunman who uses his skills to help a family of settlers in their battle with a land baron. The movie is considered a Western masterpiece and retains its powerful impact to this day.The last scene has become legendary with the young boy plaintively crying "Shane! 'Shane' marked the highpoint of Ladd's career and his movies during the rest of his career did not live up to its high standards.His mother married again, to a painter and decorator called Jim Beavers, and in 1920 the family moved to California, settling first in a transient camp in Pasadena, then moving to Hollywood, where Beavers found short-time work painting movie sets.
The family was abjectly poor and Ladd later recounted how the family subsisted on potato soup for long periods.
His father, who was an accountant, died from a heart attack when Alan was four and he was brought up by his mother, who was English, in a poverty stricken home.