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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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Becoming Raoul Walsh

Becoming Raoul Walsh

(p.6) 1 Becoming Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh

Marilyn Ann Moss

University Press of Kentucky

When Albert Edward Walsh was 18 years old, he left home for the adventures he so craved—the fantasies movies are made of. Yet the stories that the soon-to-be renamed “Raoul” Walsh would write and direct were already taking shape around him. Thomas Walsh married Elizabeth Brough in 1886 in a ceremony at St. Patrick's Cathedral. One year later, their first child, Albert Edward, was born. His brother, George, was born in 1889, and a sister, Alice, was born two years later. Walsh always recalled his childhood as being a magical time. But all his childhood fantasies, real or imagined, came crashing to a halt in 1902, when his mother, Elizabeth, only 42 years old, died of cancer. He got a job in 1907, which turned out to be for a traveling show of The Clansman. Most of the films Walsh made for the Pathé brothers were westerns. Frustrated with them and the company's operation, he knew there was a better way to meet the dream he had set out for himself. Little did he know that he was about to take a giant step toward it.

Keywords:   Albert Edward Walsh, Raoul Walsh, The Clansman, Pathé, Thomas Walsh, Elizabeth Brough

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