GenreDrama Story byGene Stratton-Porter CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 18, 1940 Based onthe novel
by Gene Stratton-Porter WriterGene Stratton-Porter (novel), Jerome Cady, Bert Granet CastTim Holt (Laddie Stanton), Virginia Gilmore (Pamela Pryor), Joan Carroll (Sister Stanton), Spring Byington (Mrs. Stanton), Robert Barrat (Mr. John Stanton), Miles Mander (Mr. Charles Pryor) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Jack Reacher, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Annie, Dolores Claiborne, Killer Joe
Laddie is a 1940 American film directed by Jack Hively with Tim Holt in the title role.
It was based on Gene Stratton-Porter's novel, Laddie, A True Blue Story (1913), and previously had been filmed by RKO Pictures in 1935.
Farmer son Laddie Stanton falls in love with the daughter of the man who just bought the land next door, Pamela Pryor. Her father is a vicious old Englishman, and isn't at all happy with the prospect of having Laddie as a son-in-law.
Pamela tries to make Laddie get another profession, to please her father and be able to continue their relation. Laddie is very upset and regards Pamela's plead as disrespectful. Laddie's sister, Sister, decides to help the. couple out.
Later, Mr. Pryor's dishonored son Robert, arrives on a visit. The Stanton family takes him in when his father doesn't, and Sister starts scheming how to use this to their advantage. When she tells Mr. Pryor that his son is staying with them, the old man is furious and goes to visit the family. He learns that Robert is ill and therefore was discharged from the British Army. Understanding that he was wrong about his son, Mr. Pryor forgives him and also warms to Laddie.
Pamela then apologizes to Laddie for trying to change him and they are reconciled.
Tim Holt as Laddie Stanton
Virginia Gilmore as Pamela Pryor
Joan Carroll as Sister Stanton
Spring Byington as Mrs. Stanton
Robert Barrat as Mr. John Stanton
Miles Mander as Mr. Pryor
Esther Dale as Sarah, the Housekeeper
Sammy McKim as Leon Stanton
Joan Leslie as Shelley Stanton
Martha O'Driscoll as Sally Stanton
Rand Brooks as Peter Dover
Mary Forbes as Mrs. Anna Pryor
Peter Cushing as Robert Pryor
The title character of Laddie is modeled after Stratton-Porter's deceased older brother, Leander, to whom she gave the nickname of Laddie. Stratton-Porter's brother drowned in the Wabash River on July 6, 1872, when he was a teenager. As in Stratton-Porter's own family, Laddie is connected with the land and identifies with Stratton-Porter's father's vocation of farming. The novel on which the film is based was published in 1913.
Virginia Gilmore was borrowed from Sam Goldwyn. Filming started 1 June 1940.