|RAOUL WALSH HAD A LONG CAREER as a guy-movie director in the ballparkbut not quite the leagueof legends like John (The Searchers) Ford and John (The Maltese Falcon) Huston. Yet as Martin Scorsese (whose New York, New York was inspired by Walsh's The Man I Love) and others know, Walshs prime period in the 40s holds a wealth of undiscovered gems that show sides of legendary stars that other directors never discovered, either.
High SierraBefore Maltese Falcon made Bogart a star, Walsh gave him his acting breakthrough as a romantically doomed robber.
The Strawberry BlondeOne of Hollywoods best slices of Americana, with James Cagney at his most charming as a lunkhead who didnt get the girl he wanted... and doesnt know how much better off he is.
The Roaring TwentiesRip-roaring summing-up of the gangster genre, with Cagney enacting the quintessential bootleggers rise and fall.
Gentleman JimHigh-spirited, incredibly entertaining bio of turn-of-the-century boxer Jim Corbett (Errol Flynn, never better). The scene where John L. Sullivan hands over his title is a classic of manly tearjerking.