RAOUL WALSH HAD A LONG CAREER as a guy-movie director in the ballpark—but not quite the league—of 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, Walsh’s prime period in the 40s holds a wealth of undiscovered gems that show sides of legendary stars that other directors never discovered, either.

High Sierra—Before Maltese Falcon made Bogart a star, Walsh gave him his acting breakthrough as a romantically doomed robber.

The Strawberry Blonde—One of Hollywood’s best slices of Americana, with James Cagney at his most charming as a lunkhead who didn’t get the girl he wanted... and doesn’t know how much better off he is.

The Roaring Twenties—Rip-roaring summing-up of the gangster genre, with Cagney enacting the quintessential bootlegger’s rise and fall.

Gentleman Jim—High-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.


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