The Big Camera
Raoul Walsh became increasingly disenchanted with Fox after he directed What Price Glory? He was looking at two pictures he knew he'd aim directly at “Main Street.” Walsh felt depleted, literally depressed, and for a long time after could not shake it. But his spirits lifted and his energy surged in every sense of the word when Gloria Swanson came bidding in the early summer of 1927 and asked him to direct her next picture. Sadie Thompson was a box-office success and marked the third time—after Thief of Bagdad and What Price Glory?—that a Walsh picture appeared in Film Daily's best-ten list. Released 11 months after Sadie Thompson, at the end of 1928, The Red Dance didn't garner Walsh much favor at the box office or with the critics. The Big Trail is a simple story of adventure and romance that grows into a large historical cinematic document. Walsh's vision for this film was layered with personal meaning for him.
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