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Raoul Walsh

Highest Rated:   100% Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
Lowest Rated:   40% Esther and the King (1960)
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One of Hollywood's most prolific and respected action directors, Raoul Walsh was also one of the longest-lived figures in film, with a career that spanned almost a half-century. After running away from home as a boy and working in a variety of capacities, including as a cowboy in the West, Walsh drifted into stage acting in New York and later into motion pictures as an actor. He became an assistant director to D.W. Griffith and, in 1914, made his first movie. By the mid 1920s, Walsh had a reputation for direct, straightforward, no frills narrative, and his style was particularly suited to action films and outdoor dramas, although his biggest film of that decade was the fantasy epic The Thief of Bagdad, produced by and starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr., which continues to be shown seven decades later. His work in the 1930s, mostly for 20th Century-Fox, embraced comedy and drama in equal measure, but it was with Warner Bros., beginning at the end of the 1930s, that Walsh came into his own, directing such classics as The Roaring Twenties (1939), They Drive By Night (1940), High Sierra (1941), Desperate Journey (1942), and Northern Pursuit (1943), starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Errol Flynn. Despite his reputation as an action director, Walsh's movies were usually much more sophisticated than was typical for the genre -- he revelled in psychological themes, and he loved offbeat characterizations and unusual narrative structures, attributes best reflected in the dark Western drama Pursued (1947), starring Robert Mitchum, and the crime film White Heat (1949), with James Cagney. He also served as unofficial co-director on one of Humphrey Bogart's most interesting later movies, The Enforcer (1951). His later movies showed a slackening of style, and he never did seem as effective working in color as he did in black-and-white. Walsh lost an eye while working on In Old Arizona in 1929, and his deteriorating sight in the other eye led to his retirement in 1964.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Kindred Of The Dust
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Every Night At Eight
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet The Monkey Talks
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Wild Girl
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Salty O'Rourke
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet The Delta Factor
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet A Distant Trumpet
  • Director
1964
40% Esther and the King
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet A Private's Affair
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet The Naked and the Dead
  • Director
1958
40% Band of Angels
  • Producer
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet The Revolt of Mamie Stover
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet The Tall Men
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Battle Cry
  • Producer
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Saskatchewan
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Gun Fury
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Sea Devils
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet A Lion Is In The Streets
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet A Lion Is in the Streets
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The World in His Arms
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Glory Alley
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Distant Drums
  • Director
1951
100% Captain Horatio Hornblower
  • Producer
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Along the Great Divide
  • Director
1951
86% The Enforcer
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling
  • Himself
1949
100% White Heat
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Fighter Squadron
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Silver River
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love
  • Director
1947
100% Pursued
  • Director
1947
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Objective, Burma!
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Background to Danger
  • Director
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit
  • Director
1943
100% Gentleman Jim
  • Director
1942
63% Desperate Journey
  • Director
1942
94% High Sierra
  • Director
1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Director
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • Director
1941
95% They Drive by Night
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Director
1940
100% The Roaring Twenties
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet College Swing
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet When Thief Meets Thief
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Artists and Models
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Big Brown Eyes
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet Klondike Annie
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Under Pressure
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Sailor's Luck
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Me and My Gal
  • Director
1932
100% The Big Trail
  • Producer
  • Director
1930
56% In Old Arizona
  • Director
1928
83% Sadie Thompson
  • Sgt. Tim O'Hara
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1928
No Score Yet The Red Dance
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet Loves of Carmen
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet What Price Glory
  • Director
1926
96% The Thief of Bagdad
  • Director
1924
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Director
1923
100% Regeneration
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1915
100% The Birth of a Nation
  • John Wilkes Booth
1915

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