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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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The Adventure is Larger than the Man

The Adventure is Larger than the Man

(p.370) 15 The Adventure is Larger than the Man
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

In his mid-seventies, Raoul Walsh saw himself as someone who still had adventures to seek and films to be made. He had agreed to direct a picture called Bury Them Together, but ten days earlier, it was cancelled. Since Walsh was still in Rome shooting Esther and the King, Mary Walsh acted as signatory in his absence, sealing a deal with Universal to have the studio distribute Walsh's upcoming production Come September. Walsh would go uncredited as the film's producer. Marines, Let's Go! was an odd choice to show Kennedy since it is a comedy, not a war picture, and would have given little indication of the kind of war story Walsh would direct. The final picture of Walsh's career is a western called A Distant Trumpet. This film marked the culmination of changes a long time coming in Walsh's career and in the film industry itself. He wouldn't talk about personal travails. Living in darkness the last years of his life, Walsh did what he had always done: created an adventure from the material he did have and used his imagination, the landscape that never failed him. In December 31, 1980, he passed away at the age of 93.

Keywords:   Raoul Walsh, Come September, Marines, Let's Go!, Distant Trumpet, Mary Walsh

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