Leaning Forward at Fox

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:
Leaning Forward at Fox

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The one-picture deal at Fox turned out to be a three-picture contract at $400 a week—just the salary Raoul Walsh bargained for but never expected to see. At 28, Walsh was poised to seize the day, and certainly to take hold of a new studio. He seemed almost to be leaning forward in directing. Walsh could not have found better material for his first solo outing as a director than what he had in Regeneration. The film is more artful than he would ever admit, especially with its harrowing close-ups, its painterly mise-en-scènes, and its concise, fast-moving storytelling. With the success of Carmen and The Serpent, William Fox was more than pleased with his new hire and, after raising Walsh's salary, also increased his responsibilities at the studio. Additionally, there are conflicting stories about just how Walsh came to direct what would be his great film of this period, The Honor System. However, when Evangeline failed to make money at the box office, he was crestfallen, devastated.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Fox; Regeneration; Carmen; The Serpent; Honor System; Evangeline; directing

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Subjects: Film

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