Monthly Archives: August 2016
Sometimes Edward Montaigne, head scenario writer at Universal Studios admits the astonishing ideas that are presented to him. One time there was a spiritualist lady who is in constant communication with Rudolph Valentino. In the spirit world, she writes, Rudy has met Edith Cavell who insists that he must make one more picture on earth. For a consideration she will sell Valentino’s services to Universal to write and direct a movie.
The death of Rudolph Valentino is one of the greatest tragedies that has occurred in the history of the motion-picture industry. As an actor he achieved fame & distinction; as a friend he commanded love and admiration. We of the film industry, through his death, lose a very dear friend, a man of great charm and kindliness – Aug 1926 Charlie Chaplain
An Exchange telegram from New York says Mr. Rudolph Valentino died yesterday. Death followed an unavailing blood transfusion. An X-ray examination has revealed that pleurisy affected the walls of the heart. No monarch or war hero ever aroused more sympathetic public interest anywhere than Valentino during the illness which ended fatally to-day. From the day last week when he was taken to a nursing home all sources of public information were sought for news of his condition, and when the word “relapse” spread in New York yesterday crowds gathered about the nursing home and practically besieged the telephone companies and newspapers. Women by hundreds brought flowers and prayed on the steps of the building where the patient was lying. Because America is the chief motion picture manufacturer and Valentino was the most romantic star of this new form of entertainment, he was to American flappers generally almost what the Prince of Wales is to the English. Recently, when the Chicago “Tribune” charged Valentino with effeminizing American manhood by his influence, and Valentino challenged the editor to a duel with boxing gloves, a wave of indignation in his favour rushed from millions of American women.
The date was 23 Aug 16, the time 1210 hours, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, was the location for the annual memorial service that was attended by quite a few fans of Rudolph Valentino, including Rudy’s great niece Ms. Sylvia Valentino-Huber and my special correspondent for this event Mr. Bryce Rubie. Once again, a special thank you to Mr. Tracy Terhune’s genius in putting together another memorable tribute.
This year was the 90th anniversary of the passing of Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino. The featured displays depicted headlines in bold print of Rudy’s passing. So much time, has passed since our favorite actor has died. However, time continues on, with another memorial service with the message “he has not been forgotten”. The montage and the clips from the funeral of Rudolph Valentino were very moving. The featured singer, Mr. Nick Palance whose Songs of Inspiration was very inspiring. Mr. Rudy Freeman was a featured speaker who spoke about his break-out in acting. I was unfortunate to miss out this year and I appreciate Mr. Bryce Rubie attending on my behalf.
My bags were packed and ready to attend tomorrow’s 89th Annual Memorial Service. However, faced with a health issue it was in my best interest not to fly but stay and recover left me feeling sad. I planned all year to come back to Los Angeles and attend this year’s memorial service, take time and visit Rudolph’s grave, and friends. So I have a “special correspondent” who will attend the Memorial Service and give me his report. If you are in the L.A. area PLEASE take the time and attend tomorrow’s 89th Annual Valentino Memorial Service.
Desirous of meeting the public’s insistent demand for Valentino Pictures, while United Artists reported and appreciable increase of bookings on “The Eagle” which preceded “The Son of the Sheik” the late star’s last picture. In many sections of New York, exhibitors who have deemed it good showmanship to make these bookings are telling the world about it in no uncertain terms through the mediums of special marquee banners. The usual theater mailing lists are being worked plentifully in an effort to cash in on Valentino’s death.
“Rudolph Valentino was an artist whose place will be impossible to fill, just as it will be impossible to fill the empty place in our hearts, caused by his death. I am deeply grieved.” Silvano Balboni, husband of June Mathis
And how many of you children know that it was Peter Dixons story of the passing of Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino that was the first to go over the wire? All’s fair in getting a store out first, and even Peter’s father admits that there was dirty doing’s at the time. Newspapermen were 30 feet deep around the door of the late star’s hospital room, waiting for the end. When it came Peter Dixon was well outside the last line, and his henchmen whom he planted their passed him the signal and threw the other news hounds into a scrambled heap. Last week, by the way, there was a dinner in Manhattan for the reporters and press photographers who covered Valentino’s funeral. The dinner is an annual affair and the host is Campbell’s Funeral Home the undertaker. We hope the advertisers did their stuff.