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Salt of the Earth

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/9780813133935.003.0007
Salt of the Earth

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Raoul Walsh's film titles are humorous and ironic comments on his life. His next film, The Man Who Came Back, carried an odd meaning for a director who needed to find a way back to box-office grace after the financial failure of The Big Trail. Now in his early forties, Walsh had been directing for two decades; he knew that a box-office failure was no reason to derail. It did not help Walsh's reputation that the moviegoing public was much less generous to one of his biggest mistakes, Women of All Nations. Walsh fared no better with his next Fox picture, The Yellow Ticket. His first film with Twentieth Century Pictures in 1933 was The Bowery. After Going Hollywood, Walsh's career stumbled again, then hit one more high note, then faltered afterward until the decade closed. But his best years were about to begin, even though, during his tenure at Warner Bros., he would vehemently shrug off any notion of the artist in himself—as much as the public, and film history, vehemently disagreed.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Yellow Ticket; The Bowery; Going Hollywood; Warner Bros.

Chapter.  11936 words. 

Subjects: Film

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