It seems amazing that one of the most reliable of the Hollywood professionals –- responsible for (among many other films) the best of the James Cagney crime movies, White Heat — has not enjoyed a full-length study of his career before. But Marilyn Ann Moss fills the gap with this sizeable volume, just the kind of thorough study that was required. Moss deals with all of the director’s lengthy filmography (which also includes such memorable films as The Roaring Twenties), but Walsh’s own personal life is colourful enough to be covered in the kind of detail it is given here. An asset to any film buff’s shelf.

Raoul Walsh: The Adventures of Hollywood’s Legendary Director by Marilyn Ann Moss is published by The University Press of Kentucky

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