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Griffith and Beyond

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813133935
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0003
Griffith and Beyond

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Raoul Walsh's life in the early 1910s escaped being documented; the “truth” may be fiction, or it may be a story with more embellishment than fact. Christy Cabanne was making a name for himself with D. W. Griffith at Biograph. Cabanne advised Walsh not to sign a new contract with Pathé. He wanted him to come act for D. W. Griffith's company and to consider himself hired. The time was right for Walsh to move to Biograph, even if the stay was a brief one. The train heading for Los Angeles carried another Biograph feature player, an attractive actress named Miriam Cooper—and, before Walsh truly had time to settle into what eventually became his luxurious Los Angeles lifestyle, Cooper would change her name to Mrs. Raoul Walsh. Griffith signed the notorious Mexican bandit Pancho Villa to a one-picture deal. Walsh got involved in the Villa project and shot footage of the famous Mexican renegade in Mexico. The Villa adventure only enhanced Walsh's appeal to the women in the Griffith Company. Given all his success in California, Walsh summoned his brother, George, to come west to act for Fine Arts.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Christy Cabanne; D. W. Griffith; Biograph; Miriam Cooper; Pancho Villa; Pathé

Chapter.  8730 words. 

Subjects: Film

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