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Raoul Walsh (1887-1980) excelled in virile action films and emotion-charged melodramas, leading film historian Richard Schickel to call his body of work "maybe the most enjoyable and certainly the least pretentious of any in American movie history." Schickel notes that, like their director, Walsh's films were "down-to-earth, fast-moving, full of honest sentiment and good humor, with just a touch of hokum." In The Men Who Made the Movies: Raoul Walsh (1973), we get an excellent overview of this director and his work.
Walsh's dynamic style turned Objective, Burma! (1945), a WWII adventure with Errol Flynn as a captain who leads his paratroopers on a daring raid, into one of the most rousing of all war movies. Walsh, who cut a dashing figure with his eye patch, guided James Cagney through one of his most electrifying performances as a psychotic criminal in White Heat (1949). The Men Who Made the Movies: Raoul Walsh also concentrates on The Roaring Twenties (1939), High Sierra(1941) and several other important Walsh films.
Writer/Director: Richard Schickel
Cinematography: Erik Daarstad
Film Editing: Mirra Bank
BW & C-55m. Closed captioning.
by Roger Fristoe