Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Movieland- Shane

Standing tall and proud is Alan Ladd as Shane, former gunslinger who settles down with a homestead family. Unfortunately, he ends up in the middle of a dispute and cannot retire just yet. Or that's what they tell me. Shane here looks strong and honest, just like the hero he is.

Another view shows some of the typical western set. The set, which also housed a Clint Eastwood figure, once displayed WM. S. Hart, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, an Indian, and a dead cowboy in "A typical Setting". It is unknown when the display changed, but even the chair that Ken Maynard propped his foot on was still in use until the end of Movieland.

These signs once held a label that would say something like "As he was XX years ago" A picture I have of Alan from an old guide book said "eleven years ago", so that would date the picture as 1964 (assuming they updated every year). He was standing in a different, though similar, location. Alan Ladd died the same year. The figure of Alan sold at auction for $1400. The set sold for $1500, which is surprising. I have no idea what ever happened to WM S. Hart and Ken Maynard, but Tom Mix moved to another location in the museum.

Many of the figures moved to a sister wax museum at fisherman's wharf in San Francisco. Find out which figures moved by visiting the Wax Museum's website here.

View Alan Ladd's filmography here.


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