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Out of the Night

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/9780813133935.003.0009
Out of the Night

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Raoul Walsh prepared to direct They Drive by Night. This film offers one of the best demonstrations in his body of work of how effortlessly and naturally he segues between hope and hopelessness, humor and pathos. The film also became one of the most noneventful shoots Walsh had encountered in a long time, the easiness of his work at the studio standing in direct contrast to the chaos swimming around him in his personal life. Moreover, High Sierra was his riskiest film of the early Warner Bros. period. It advances pictorially, be it the chase, the face of a character, the language in his or her demeanor. The dialogue is surpassed by the film's physical, visual language. Furthermore, The Strawberry Blonde was Walsh's favorite of all the movies he directed during the sound era. His problems dealing with Wallis during The Strawberry Blonde were not serious enough to curb his enthusiasm—which quickly doubled when he learned that he would work with Bogie again on another Warner Bros. tale from the dark side of life, Manpower. Jack Warner sent Walsh his most brilliant and difficult star, Bette Davis, who had been finishing up In This Our Life.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Warner Bros.; Drive by Night; High Sierra; Strawberry Blonde; Manpower; This Our Life; Jack Warner; Bette Davis

Chapter.  12811 words. 

Subjects: Film

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