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The Dagger, the Sword, and the Gun

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/9780813133935.003.0005
The Dagger, the Sword, and the Gun

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Raoul Walsh began to think seriously about going independent and forming his own production company. As an independent, back in New York now, he surrounded himself with a group who could be considered his regulars—a few of them family members. Walsh's brief foray into independent filmmaking came to an abrupt halt, however, when the Mayflower Corporation fired him in February 1921. Walsh Productions was short-lived. Walsh's dream of being independent seemed to vanish before him at a time when the Hollywood moguls began to take hold of the industry; he would be working for others most of his life. Shooting What Price Glory? turned into Walsh's wildest ride to date. It was both a critical and box-office success when Fox released it, and was a watershed moment in Walsh's evolving career and development as a storyteller. Also important was that Walsh now stood at a brink in his personal life, where the feminine constituted its own war zone. His wife, Miriam, filed for divorce after her young son Jackie told her that Lorraine Helen Walker had been sleeping in their bedroom and that Walsh would not let him in.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Walsh Productions; What Price Glory?; Miriam; Lorraine Helen Walker; independent filmmaking; Fox; Mayflower Corporation

Chapter.  10132 words. 

Subjects: Film

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