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Raoul Walsh (1887–1980) was known as one of Hollywood's most adventurous, iconoclastic, and creative directors. He carved out an illustrious career and made films that transformed the Hollywood studio yarn into a thrilling art form. This book recounts Walsh's life and achievements in a career that spanned more than half a century and produced upwards of 200 films, many of them cinema classics. Walsh originally entered the movie business as an actor, playing the role of John Wilkes Booth in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915). In the same year, under Griffith's tutelage, Walsh began to direct on his own. Soon he left Griffith's company for Fox Pictures, where he stayed for more than 20 years. It was later, at Warner Bros., that he began his golden period of filmmaking. Walsh was known for his romantic flair and playful persona. Involved in a freak auto accident in 1928, Walsh lost his right eye and began wearing an eye patch, which earned him the suitably dashing moniker “the one-eyed bandit.” During his long and illustrious career, he directed such heavyweights as Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, and Marlene Dietrich, and in 1930 discovered future star John Wayne.
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Raoul Walsh, Director, Hollywood, Movies, Actor, Fox Pictures, John Wayne
American Film Studies | Film and Media Studies | Mass Communication
Moss, Marilyn Ann, "Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director" (2011). Film and Media Studies. 27.