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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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By Land and by Sea

By Land and by Sea

(p.295) 12 By Land and by Sea
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

The biggest challenge of Raoul Walsh's career was the massive production of Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., a picture that took four months to complete and severely tested the mettle of the 63-year-old Walsh. Confronting unpredictable weather conditions, soaring production costs that had to be held in check and the staging of naval equipment both huge and small, he would call it the most difficult film he had ever directed. Horatio Hornblower provided Walsh with one of his greatest pleasures—to give in to his wanderlust. Right after The Enforcer, and before Hornblower, he was at work directing another western for Warner Bros.—a curious, middle-of-the-road psychological drama in western dress originally called The Travelers but released as Along the Great Divide. Distant Drums gave Walsh the opportunity to work with his good friend, Gary Cooper. The Lawless Breed departed just slightly from his more simplified view of western male–female relations and from that of the western hero himself. Walsh clearly mismanaged the relationship he had with his first two adopted sons, Robert and Jack; he seemed to do better with Marilynn, as the two stayed in touch for the remainder of his life.

Keywords:   Raoul Walsh, Horatio Hornblower, Warner Bros., Great Divide, Distant Drums, Lawless Breed

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