Unlike his father, famed actor Alan Ladd, Laddie built his career behind the camera, as a prolific producer, executive and three-time studio chairman. Known for making risky choices, betting on talent, and resolutely trusting the directors he hired, Laddie created pioneering opportunities for women and minorities, both on- and off-screen.
LADDIE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVIES is about a man who started out in the mailroom and beat the odds—making a millionaire not only of himself, but of the now-high-profile talent he took a chance on when they were unknown. In an environment constantly conspiring to make you second-guess yourself, in which you’re only as good as your next big hit, Alan Ladd Jr. not only survived—he shaped and influenced films and filmmaking for generations to come.
Until now, Laddie has remained virtually invisible—ironic, as he is the man with the golden touch; perpetually finding and transforming untapped talent into household names. This documentary changes that—finally shining a spotlight on this unassuming powerhouse.
Photo: Alan Ladd
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.
Interviewees including George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Affleck, Ron Howard, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Richard Donner, Lili Fini Zanuck, Producer Jenno Topping, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and Laddie himself sit down with Amanda. Together, they offer an inside look at their groundbreaking films, and through their collective lens, we see how Laddie’s intelligence, kindness, and unflagging faith in the people he hired turned this private everyman into one of the most successful movie moguls in Hollywood history.