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Oedipus Wrecked

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/9780813133935.003.0012
Oedipus Wrecked

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While Raoul Walsh was still shooting The Man I Love in the fall of 1945, he rekindled his interest in Cheyenne. Cheyenne is far more interesting as a sexual farce than it is as a western action story. Moreover, Pursued turned out to be one of the most complex and controversial in his body of work, not only because of its haunting visual imagery, but also because it embraces so many psychological conceits thought by many to be uncharacteristic of Walsh. Silver River, on the other hand, has hardly been viewed as one of Walsh's or Errol Flynn's greatest efforts. He also became involved in a story he convinced Jack Warner to make, Colorado Territory, a remake of Walsh's High Sierra. In Walsh's hands, White Heat moves to the rhythm of bullets, each one shooting out from the frame as if the entire scenario, with its psychotic, mother-loving killer and its trigger-happy anger, wants to rouse postwar American society in even newer ways than Warner Bros. had already managed to with nearly two decades of the gangster genre.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Warner Bros.; Man I Love; Cheyenne; Pursued; Silver River; Colorado Territory; White Heat; Jack Warner

Chapter.  13391 words. 

Subjects: Film

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