“Pleasure is, let’s say, Errol Flynn or Rock Hudson in a film by Raoul Walsh, charging as a block toward their fate.” – Serge Daney
After Ford and Hawks, Raoul Walsh is the other great all-around director of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Not a lot of women in his masculine films but they’re always important, and there’s always adventure. “Veritable melodramas of eyeballs,” Tag Gallagher says.
I could write some stuff but you’d be better off just reading Tag (even if he claims–ludicrously!–that The Man I Love is a must-see):
“The fact that we know our triumphs are fantasy adds to their poignancy, for Walsh’s boisterousness is in truth a mask for melancholy.”
(The Pre-Code films are hard to see, so I have a lot of gaps.)Read less