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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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(p.327) 13 Reverie
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

Walsh's 1950s films reveal his psychology, although now filtered through a somewhat different lens—contemplative, more tuned in to his characters' inner lives. They may not reveal themselves verbally at such an intense speed; now they move more slowly, act more deliberately, are far more meditative before acting than their predecessors—as if Walsh replicates in them the way he now measures and contemplates his own life, his own actions in advancing age. Walsh signed a one-picture deal with Columbia Studios to direct Gun Fury. A week after its release he was already thinking about another picture that he had signed on for at Warner Bros.: Battle Cry. It is a smorgasbord of personalities and dramatic events that intersect in 1942 as a group of young marines joins up to go into battle. Walsh also signed with Fox in February 1954 to direct his next picture, the western story The Tall Men. A sense of reverie seems to have settled on Clark Gable, and Walsh sees it.

Keywords:   Raoul Walsh, Gun Fury, Battle Cry, Tall Men, Columbia Studios, Warner Bros., Fox

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