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Raoul Walsh is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director, Director of Photography and Editor American born on 11 march 1887 at New York City (USA)

Raoul Walsh

Raoul Walsh
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Birth name Albert Edward Walsh
Nationality USA
Birth 11 march 1887 at New York City (USA)
Death 31 december 1980 (at 93 years) at Simi Valley (USA)

Raoul A. Walsh (March 11, 1887 – December 31, 1980) was an American film director, actor, founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the brother of silent screen actor George Walsh. He was known for portraying John Wilkes Booth in the silent classic The Birth of a Nation (1915) and for directing such films as The Big Trail (1930) starring John Wayne, High Sierra (1941) starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart, and White Heat (1949) with James Cagney and Edmond O'Brien. His last directorial effort came in 1964.


Walsh was born in New York as Albert Edward Walsh to Elizabeth T. Bruff, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants and Thomas W. Walsh, an Englishman. Like his younger brother, he was part of Omega Gamma Delta during his high school days. Growing up in New York, Walsh was also a friend of the Barrymore family. John Barrymore recalled spending time reading in the Walsh family library as a youth. Later in life he lived in Palm Springs, California. Upon his death he was buried at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Simi Valley, Ventura County, California.

Film career
Walsh began as a stage actor in New York City, quickly progressing into film acting. He was educated at Seton Hall College and began acting in 1909. In 1914 he became an assistant to D.W. Griffith and made his first full-length feature film, The Life of General Villa, shot on location in Mexico with Pancho Villa playing the lead and with actual ongoing battles filmed in progress as well as recreations (events dramatized in the 2003 film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, with Kyle Chandler playing Walsh). Walsh played John Wilkes Booth in Griffith's epic The Birth of a Nation (1915), and also served as an assistant director. This was followed by the critically acclaimed Regeneration in 1915, possibly the earliest feature gangster film, shot on location in Manhattan's Bowery district. Walsh served as an officer in the United States Army during World War I. He later directed The Thief of Bagdad (1924) starring Douglas Fairbanks and Anna May Wong and What Price Glory? (1926) starring Victor McLaglen and Dolores del Río.

In Sadie Thompson (1928), starring Gloria Swanson as a prostitute seeking a new life in Samoa, Walsh starred as Swanson's boyfriend in his first acting role since 1915; he also directed the film. He was then hired to direct and star in In Old Arizona, a film about O. Henry's character the Cisco Kid. While on location for that film Walsh suffered a car accident in which he lost his right eye when a jackrabbit jumped through a windshield as he was driving through the desert. He gave up the part (but not the directing job) and never acted again; Warner Baxter won an Oscar for the role Walsh was originally slated to play. Walsh would wear an eyepatch for the rest of his life.

In the early days of sound with Fox, Walsh directed the first widescreen spectacle, The Big Trail (1930), an epic wagon train western shot on location across the West. The movie starred then unknown John Wayne, whom Walsh discovered as prop boy Marion Morrison and renamed after Revolutionary War general Mad Anthony Wayne, about whom Walsh happened to be reading in a book at the time. Walsh directed The Bowery (1933), featuring Wallace Beery, George Raft, Fay Wray and Pert Kelton; the energetic movie recounts the story of Steve Brodie (Raft), the first man to supposedly jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and live to brag about it.

An undistinguished period followed with Paramount Pictures from 1935 to 1939, but Walsh's career rose to new heights soon after moving to Warner Brothers, with The Roaring Twenties (1939) featuring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart; Dark Command (1940) with John Wayne and Roy Rogers (at Republic Pictures); They Drive By Night (1940) with George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino and Bogart; High Sierra (1941) with Lupino and Bogart again; They Died with Their Boots On (1941) with Errol Flynn as Custer; The Strawberry Blonde (1941) with Cagney and Olivia de Havilland; Manpower (1941) with Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich and George Raft; and White Heat (1949) with Cagney. Walsh's contract at Warners expired in 1953.

He directed several films afterwards, including three with Clark Gable: The Tall Men (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956) and Band of Angels (1957). Walsh retired in 1964.

Some of Raoul Walsh's film-related material and personal papers are contained in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives, to which scholars and media experts from around the world may have full access.

Best films

Sadie Thompson (1928)
San Antonio (1945)
Distant Drums (1951)
In Old Arizona (1928)
Objective, Burma! (1945)

Usually with

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Filmography of Raoul Walsh (154 films)

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It's a Great Feeling, 1h25
Directed by David Butler
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Irving Bacon, Bill Goodwin, Claire Carleton
Roles Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Rating63% 3.198293.198293.198293.198293.19829
The film begins with a succession of real-life film directors - including Michael Curtiz, King Vidor, and Raoul Walsh - refusing to helm a new Warner's flick, Mademoiselle Fifi, because Jack Carson has been signed to star in it. Frustrated, fictional studio head Arthur Trent (Bill Goodwin) finally decides to let Carson direct it. Seeking the perfect co-star for himself and fellow lead, frenemy Dennis Morgan, Carson finds her in the person of studio commissary waitress Judy Adams (Doris Day). Judy has been in Hollywood for three months without even one audition, and sneaks her way into Carson's office, where she forces him to give her a chance. A self-proclaimed liar, Carson advises her to pose as his secret bride to Morgan. He, however, does not fall for Judy's act and reveals Carson as the liar Judy did not know he was. Following an angry outburst, she leaves the studio, having felt used by the two actors for their entertainment.
Sadie Thompson, 1h37
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Films based on plays
Actors Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, Charles Lane, Charles Lane, Gloria Swanson, James A. Marcus
Roles Sergeant Timothy 'Tim' O'Hara
Rating77% 3.892613.892613.892613.892613.89261
A smoking, drinking, jazz listening, young prostitute named Sadie Thompson (Gloria Swanson) arrives at the island of Tutuila (now part of American Samoa), claiming she is waiting for employment upon a ship. At the same time, 'moralists' arrive, including Mr. and Mrs. Davidson (Lionel Barrymore and Blanche Friderici). They all end up staying in the same hotel, where the Davidsons plot to teach the natives about sin and Sadie entertains a bunch of Marines.
Headin' Home, 55minutes
Directed by Lawrence C. Windom
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors William Sheer, Margaret Seddon, James A. Marcus, Ralf Harolde, Ann Brody, Ricca Allen
Roles supervisor
Rating54% 2.7210852.7210852.7210852.7210852.721085
Ruth stars in the film, playing himself, but the details of his life are completely fictionalized. In the film, Ruth comes from a small country town and has a loving home life, but in real life, he grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and spent most of his childhood in a reformatory [1]. In the film, shades of the baseball movie The Natural, Ruth cuts down a tree to make his own bat.
The Birth of a Nation, 2h37
Directed by Monte Blue, Jack Conway, Erich von Stroheim, Henry B. Walthall, Robert Harron, Joseph Henabery, George Siegmann, Donald Crisp, Allan Dwan, D. W. Griffith, W. S. Van Dyke, Raoul Walsh, Elmer Clifton, Christy Cabanne, Tom Wilson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Historical, Romance, Western
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Politique, Films about racism, Musical films, Films about psychiatry, Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann
Roles John Wilkes Booth
Rating63% 3.1986953.1986953.1986953.1986953.198695
The film follows two juxtaposed families: the Northern Stonemans—abolitionist Congressman Austin Stoneman, based on the Reconstruction-era Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, his two sons and his daughter Elsie—and the Southern Camerons, a family including two daughters, Margaret and Flora, and three sons, most notably Ben.
The Outlaw's Revenge
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Origin USA
Genres Biography
Actors Raoul Walsh, Irene Hunt, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Walter Long, Spottiswoode Aitken
Roles le hors-la-loi

Au Mexique, un humble peon a beaucoup de difficultés à garder sa petite ferme à l'abri de la convoitise des hommes du gouvernement. Alors qu'il est dans une autre ville, deux officiers pillent son exploitation et s'en prennent à ses sœurs. La plus grande, boiteuse de naissance, se tue plutôt que de leur succomber. La plus jeune, âgée de 14 ans, devient folle et meurt après avoir raconté à son frère ce qui s'est passé. Le peon crie vengeance mais est déclaré hors-la-loi par les officiers. Il s'échappe de prison à l'aide d'un vieux serviteur de la famille, et parvient à échapper à ses poursuivants grâce à un couple d’Américains voyageant dans un chariot bâché.
The Smuggler
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Raoul Walsh, Ralph Lewis, Billie West, John T. Dillon, John T. Dillon
Roles Connors, agent des Services secrets

The Life of General Villa, 1h45
Directed by Raoul Walsh, Christy Cabanne
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Documentary, Action, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Raoul Walsh, Teddy Sampson, Walter Long, Irene Hunt, Spottiswoode Aitken, W. E. Lawrence
Roles Villa as a young man
Rating63% 3.182223.182223.182223.182223.18222
Documentaire scénarisé sur la jeunesse de Pancho Villa.