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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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Oedipus Wrecked

Oedipus Wrecked

The Late 1940s at Warner Bros.

(p.263) 11 Oedipus Wrecked
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

While Raoul Walsh was still shooting The Man I Love in the fall of 1945, he rekindled his interest in Cheyenne. Cheyenne is far more interesting as a sexual farce than it is as a western action story. Moreover, Pursued turned out to be one of the most complex and controversial in his body of work, not only because of its haunting visual imagery, but also because it embraces so many psychological conceits thought by many to be uncharacteristic of Walsh. Silver River, on the other hand, has hardly been viewed as one of Walsh's or Errol Flynn's greatest efforts. He also became involved in a story he convinced Jack Warner to make, Colorado Territory, a remake of Walsh's High Sierra. In Walsh's hands, White Heat moves to the rhythm of bullets, each one shooting out from the frame as if the entire scenario, with its psychotic, mother-loving killer and its trigger-happy anger, wants to rouse postwar American society in even newer ways than Warner Bros. had already managed to with nearly two decades of the gangster genre.

Keywords:   Raoul Walsh, Warner Bros., Man I Love, Cheyenne, Pursued, Silver River, Colorado Territory, White Heat, Jack Warner

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