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Raoul WalshThe True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director$
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Marilyn Ann Moss

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813133935

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.001.0001

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One Thousand and One Nights with Errol Flynn

One Thousand and One Nights with Errol Flynn

(p.210) 9 One Thousand and One Nights with Errol Flynn
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

Directing the General George Custer picture opened and then deepened Raoul Walsh's friendship with the picture's star, Errol Flynn, who became a lifelong friend—mishpocha, in fact. They Died with Their Boots On materialized in the same way as many other male-driven Warner Bros. projects of the late 1930s and early 1940s—as a possible vehicle for James Cagney, still the studio's biggest box-office draw. Warner Bros. was not alone in thinking that Custer had box-office potential. The film follows the life of George Custer from the time he enters West Point to his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Walsh and Flynn found a common thread in creating characters seeking to look heroic, men who above all else wish to leave a legacy of uncommon valor (suggestive of Flynn–Walsh films to come) and dignity. This began with Boots, and continued on with Gentleman Jim and their cycle of war films. Moreover, Walsh directed Desperate Journey.

Keywords:   Raoul Walsh, Errol Flynn, Warner Bros., Gentleman Jim, Desperate Journey, General George Custer

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