|David and Lance|
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Dog is, as the saying goes, man's best friend. They are loyal, they are protective, and, most of all, they are loving. It are those three qualities that make this film, The Proud Rebel. I got this film for $3.99 at Books-a-Million using the gift card that my oldest brother got me for Christmas. I'd never heard of it, but the synopsis peaked my interest, and I decided to go for it. I'm so glad that I did.
The film stars Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger, and Alan's son, David Ladd in his second film role, and whom portrayed Alan's mute son in the film. The Border Collie, Lance, was played by King.
One of the things that I love most about this film is its simplicity. It is not hard to follow, it's message is simple: Love conquers all. The actors are superb, and little David Ladd is brilliant for not until the very end does he speak. The relationship between father and son is real. Yes, I know they were actual father and son in real life, but sometimes those certain relationships don't cross over onto screen very well. This one did.
I've only seen two films of Alan Ladd's, this one and The Deep Six, so I honestly don't know what one pictures when they think of him, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say that he is remembered for making ice look hot when he co-starred with Veronica Lake in such films as This Gun for Hire and The Glass Key. In The Proud Rebel, however, he seems like the devoted dad who is willing to do anything, except compromise his beliefs or accept charity, to help his son speak again.
|David, Olivia, and Alan.|
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