Many STAR WARS fans are familiar with the name Alan Ladd Jr., former Head of Creative Affairs for 20th Century Fox. It was Mr. Ladd who fought to give the green light to George Lucas to create his ambitious space opera after just about every studio in Hollywood turned him down. Amanda Ladd-Jones, daughter of the forward-thinking film executive, has spent years collecting interviews and stories about her father’s legacy, including memories from George Lucas himself, to create LADDIE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVIES, now available to stream.
A few years ago, Amanda heard myself and Steve Glosson talking about Alan Ladd Jr. on an episode of Rebel Force Radio, and contacted us. She requested permission to use a clip of the discussion in the documentary and we said “Yes” without hesitation. We were very surprised to discover the clip is actually featured at the very beginning of the film - The very first thing you hear when you hit play is us! Congratulations to Amanda Ladd-Jones and thanks for including us in this great documentary.
Alan Ladd, Jr.—known to friends and colleagues as Laddie—is the understated studio chief and Oscar-winning producer behind STAR WARS, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, POLICE ACADEMY, BRAVEHEART, THE OMEN, THELMA AND LOUISE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, GONE BABY GONE, and a staggering 154 more.
During his 50+ year career, garnering over fifty Academy Award wins and over 150 nominations, Laddie worked with world-famous filmmakers and actors—many of whom became household names on his watch—and brought to life some of the most influential films of our time.
In LADDIE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVIES, Amanda Ladd-Jones endeavors to better understand her father—to see him not just as “Dad," the man who spent the majority of her childhood at the office—but the way his collaborators do, as a doyen of modern American cinema.