American actor, best remembered for roles in films like Shane, Hell on Frisco Bay, Boy on a Dolphin, The Carpetbaggers, The Great Gatsby, The Blue Dahlia, The Proud Rebel, The Badlanders, and Botany Bay. Actress Virginia Mayo once mentioned that "Every one says how short Alan was, but he was not so short. I worked with James Cagney and Edward G Robinson who were both shorter than me. I'm 5'5.5, Alan was about an inch taller,"
and another actress - Carol Matthews - in the book 'Ladies of Westerns' said "I'm 5'7 and he was shorter. He stood on a box and I wore tennis shoes."
In the army, Ladd was listed as standing 5ft 7 inches and in the film Blue Dahlia his character's weight was described as 160 pounds.
Some actresses - like Shelley Winters in Saskatchewan - complained about having to stand in a ditch, with Ladd not liking the idea of being on an apple box. Indeed, many tricks were used in Ladd's films to enhance his stature with leading ladies and deflate the height of bad guys. On one occasion, actor Hugh O'Brian commented that Ladd wasn't much taller than Mickey Rooney and after setting up camera shots a guy would dig a hole for him: "He digs half a hole. He takes my dirt from the first half and uses it as a mound for Ladd to stand on."
Terry Gilliam once mentioned that he liked the idea of "Little guys being as heroic as Alan Ladd, who was only about five foot five,"
and that in his movies "when he's with the girl their heads are on the same level, but when you look at their belts, his is at the level of her chest, and it's very silly."
The actor Robert Conrad once mentioned "I was complaining because they had me wearing elevator shoes and they were very uncomfortable. They were actually Alan Ladd's and his feet were smaller than mine."
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