Haven't you seen Shane (1953)? Probably his best film role, Shane is the lone gunman who appears to help the farmers, then rides off alone. It is a powerful film, and despite the comments of some critics, Ladd was inspired casting for this role.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
This Gun For Hire (1942) Ladd shines in the role of Raven, the psychotic killer who is kind to children and cats. It is an impressive performance.
Whispering Smith (1948) Ladd is a railroad detective forced to track down his old friend played by Robert Preston.
The Blue Dahlia (1946) Ladd is a returning veteran suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. Good performances all around, especially by William Bendix.
Boy on a Dolphin (1957) Seeing this film made me want to become an oceanographer. Of course, Sophia Loren's presence may have had something to do with that too. Lovely location filming in Greece.
*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Thurs, Jul 27 2006 / 11:26:09 PST