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Raoul Walsh (1887–1980)

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona (1928) if an errant jackrabbit hadn't cost him his... See full bio »

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 1956 Helen of Troy (uncredited)
 1955 The Tall Men
 1955 Battle Cry
 1954 Saskatchewan
 1953 Gun Fury
 1953 Sea Devils
 1952 Glory Alley
 1951 Distant Drums
 1951 The Enforcer (uncredited)
 1950 Montana (uncredited)
 1949 White Heat
 1948 Silver River
 1947 Cheyenne
 1947 Stallion Road (uncredited)
 1947 Pursued
 1945 San Antonio (uncredited)
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic (uncredited)
 1942 Gentleman Jim
 1942 In This Our Life (uncredited)
 1941 Manpower
 1941 High Sierra
 1940 Dark Command
 1938 College Swing
 1936 Spendthrift
 1933 The Bowery
 1933 Sailor's Luck
 1932 Me and My Gal
 1932 Wild Girl
 1930 The Big Trail
 1929 Hot for Paris
 1928 Me, Gangster
 1928 The Red Dance
 1925 The Wanderer
 1925 East of Suez
 1925 The Spaniard
 1923 Rosita (uncredited)
 1923 Lost and Found on a South Sea Island (as R.A. Walsh)
 1921 Serenade (as R.A. Walsh)
 1921/I The Oath
 1920 From Now On
 1920 The Deep Purple (as R.A. Walsh)
 1920 The Strongest (as R.A. Walsh)
 1919 Should a Husband Forgive? (as R.A. Walsh)
 1919 Evangeline
 1918 I'll Say So (as Raoul A. Walsh)
 1918/I On the Jump (as R.A. Walsh)
 1918 The Prussian Cur (as R.A. Walsh)
 1918 The Woman and the Law (as R.A. Walsh)
 1917 The Pride of New York (as R.A. Walsh)
 1917 This Is the Life (as R.A. Walsh)
 1917 The Conqueror
 1917 Betrayed (as R.A. Walsh)
 1917 The Innocent Sinner (as R.A. Walsh)
 1917 The Silent Lie (as R.A. Walsh)
 1917 The Honor System (as R.A. Walsh)
 1916 The Serpent
 1915 Home from the Sea (Short)
 1915 Siren of Hell
 1915 The Lone Cowboy (Short)
 1915/II Carmen
 1915 Peer Gynt
 1915 The Regeneration (as R.A. Walsh)
 1915 A Bad Man and Others (Short)
 1915 The Celestial Code (Short)
 1915 11:30 P.M. (Short)
 1915 The Smuggler (Short)
 1915/I The Comeback (Short)
 1915 A Man for All That (Short) (as Raoul A. Walsh)
 1915 The Fencing Master (Short) (as Raoul A. Walsh)
 1915 The Greaser (Short)
 1915 His Return (Short)
 1915 The Fatal Black Bean (Short) (as Raoul A. Walsh)
 1915 The Death Dice (Short)
 1914 The Bowery
 1914 Who Shot Bud Walton? (Short)
 1914 Out of the Deputy's Hands (Short) (as Raoul A. Walsh)
 1914 The Double Knot (Short)
 1914 The Life of General Villa (uncredited)
 1913 The Pseudo Prodigal (Short) (as Raoul A. Walsh)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 28 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

A.E. Walsh | R.A. Walsh | Raoul A. Walsh


6' 0½" (1.84 m)


Mary Simpson  (his death) | See more »


Walsh, Thomas W. | Bruff, Elizabeth T.


George Walsh (sibling) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You can really double anybody. If the action is good enough, it can be a monkey with top-hat and spats.


Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Gloria Swanson in Sadie Thompson (1928). See more »


Although he directed in numerous "manly" genres, he is principally remembered as a master of crime dramas



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