The Early Warner Bros. Years
Jack Warner and Raoul Walsh kept it going for 30 years. In Jack's native Yiddish, they were beshert, two people who were “intended,” who found that they were “meant to be.” Walsh liked to say that he was one of the few men who got along with Warner; but he and Warner enjoyed a long friendship and mutual respect. Signing with Warner Bros. provided an immediate end to the slump into which Walsh's career had fallen during the past five years. Warner Bros. gave him the chance to work with a studio that had a consistent style all of its own. The deal could not have been more serendipitous—not only did Walsh salvage what would have been an abbreviated, albeit stellar, career, but at the age of 52, he was about to enter into what would be, hands down, his golden period. The studio assigned him The World Moves On, whose title later became The Roaring Twenties. Walsh also directed John Wayne in the western Dark Command. The chapter discusses how Miriam Cooper, his ex-wife, drained Walsh's emotional energy.
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