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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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Walsh’s American Scene

Walsh’s American Scene

(p.400) Epilogue Walsh’s American Scene
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

Raoul Walsh was known as Hollywood's adventurous, often impishly irreverent “one-eyed bandit.” He carved out a career that spanned over half a century and upward of 200 movies—and helped transform the Hollywood studio yarn into a breathless art form. Walsh also walked in the land of his imagination, his great adventures. But, in his American scene, so iconic in its depiction, understanding, and inventions of American types, no such community, large or small, exists. Walsh's imaginary world is large and contains multitudes. He also never won an Academy Award and, some say, never received the recognition he should have gotten in his lifetime. Walsh was considered an action director who could dive into the heart of his sad, doomed characters trying to outrun the cruel social world for a world of adventure and escape.

Keywords:   Raoul Walsh, Hollywood, one-eyed bandit, American scene, career, movies, action director

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