Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Raoul Walsh notebook entry - Noel Bjorndahl sends in a list

Raoul Walsh
The Tall Men (1955) is part of a long list of superlative action films directed by the great Raoul Walsh. Walsh was a commanding film maker in many action genres among them a substantial number of Westerns: The Big Trail (1930), Dark Command (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), San Antonio (1945) (uncredited, officially attributed to David Butler),  Cheyenne (1947, the superlative Pursued (1947), Silver River (1948), Colorado Territory, another masterpiece, (1949), Along the Great Divide (1951), Distant Drums (1951), The Lawless Breed (1953), Gun Fury (1953), Saskatchewan (1954), the aforementioned The Tall Men, another masterpiece, (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), Band of Angels (1957), The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, a parody, (1958), and his swan song A Distant Trumpet (1964). Among the many actors who worked with him (some of them several times) were John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon,, Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Alexis Smith, Dennis Morgan, Jane Wyman, Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Judith Anderson, Ann Sheridan, Joel McCrea, Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Yvonne De Carlo, Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, and Sidney Poitier. Then there's his equally impressive Gangster films like The Roaring Twenties (1939) and the magnificent White Heat (1949), both showcases for the larger than life talents of the great James Cagney.

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