Walsh’s American Scene

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:
Walsh’s American Scene

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Raoul Walsh was known as Hollywood's adventurous, often impishly irreverent “one-eyed bandit.” He carved out a career that spanned over half a century and upward of 200 movies—and helped transform the Hollywood studio yarn into a breathless art form. Walsh also walked in the land of his imagination, his great adventures. But, in his American scene, so iconic in its depiction, understanding, and inventions of American types, no such community, large or small, exists. Walsh's imaginary world is large and contains multitudes. He also never won an Academy Award and, some say, never received the recognition he should have gotten in his lifetime. Walsh was considered an action director who could dive into the heart of his sad, doomed characters trying to outrun the cruel social world for a world of adventure and escape.

Keywords: Raoul Walsh; Hollywood; one-eyed bandit; American scene; career; movies; action director

Chapter.  1844 words. 

Subjects: Film

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