Natacha Rambova in 1944..
Arthur Brisbane in his column today, in the American says “Millions all over the world as far as moving pictures spread learn with deep regret of the death of Rudolph Valentino who had made so important a place for himself in a great art. A very young man with intense feeling and earnestness Valentino held his place without a rival in the field. His life was too short but it was not wasted”..
The life of Rudolph Valentino was insured for a sum ranging between $150,000 and 200,000 by the Cinema Finance Corp of Los Angeles which is completely owned by M.P. Capital Corp. The Cost company participated in the financing of several of Valentino’s films. Collateral Was supplied in the form of this interest in the two pictures he made for Ritz Carlton and Famous Players-Lasky and by real estate. Considerable additional insurance was carried.
The New York Tribune sometime ago published an article given out by the District Attorney Office (DA Swann) telling of the arrest and detention of a Rudolfo Guglielmi self-styled Italian “Marquis” under an order of the Court of General Sessions, as a material witness against a policeman who had been indicted on charges of accepting bribes from keepers of questionable resorts in the Tenderloin. The article quoted then District Attorney Swann as saying that it was expected that Mr. Guglielmi would disclose information of importance in its investigation of vice and blackmail conditions. Mr. Guglielmi was not taken into custody upon any criminal charge. The New York Tribune did not assert or intend to assert the contrary and it neither made nor intended to make any reflection upon him. He was detained only as an expected witness against others, and when it appeared that there was no charge and no evidence that he had committed any offense, he was speedily released from custody by order of the Supreme Court. Mr. Guglielmi, formerly a professional dancer has recently entered the motion picture field.
New York white slave investigation with its stories of wrecks of young women held in virtual bondage, was pointing nearer today to probable entanglement of at least one police officer in alleged bribery and extortion through which the system has been kept alive, according to evidence in the hands of District Attorney Swann. Spreading from the streets the white slave ring reached into the circles of “climbers” of near society folk, the latest revelations indicate. There, through blackmail, the plotters endeavored to collect tribute after women furnished by the ring, participated in orgies of the “new rich”. As District Attorney Swann pressed his investigation of revelations which are declared to have followed the arrest of Rodolfo Guglielmi, self-styled “Marquis” new developments that may lead to further arrests and possible charges against police were expected at the prosecutors office. Rudolfo Guglielmi was formerly the dancing partner of Joan Sawyer, Broadway dancer before her retirement. He was arrested at the apartment of Mrs Georgie Thym.
Publication sometime ago in European papers of a story from Hollywood to the effect that the former impresario of Rudolph Valentino was making a collection for the purpose of providing a worthy resting place for the film star’s ashes has produced what German newspapers call “a peculiar echo” in Hungary. It is related that the attention of the Budapest police was drawn recently in the fact that a young man calling himself a moving picture director was organizing Rudolph Valentino Clubs in various parts of the country, with an inituation fee of 10 pengos ($1.75) and annual dues of 25 pengos. The announced object of these clubs was in “cherish the memory and promote the spirit of Rudolph Valentino”. One of the club by-laws read: “The members are obligated to think of Valentino at least once a day. In go to see all Valentino films and to agitate for the showing of more of his films in the kino houses. Furthermore, on the anniversary of the death of the film star, 23 Aug, each member is to send an annual gift to Hollywood so tha the urn containing Valentino’s ashes maybe decorated with flowers”. Despite the fact that pengos do not grow on bushes in Hungary. It is averred in the report that several hundred Valentino admirers mostly young girls have already paid their dues by the time the police began their investigation. In return for their moey the members receive Valetnio bades entitling them to participate in the annual memorial serbvices to be conducted at the expense of the society. Answering questions by the police, the young organizer insisted that he had forwarded all his receipts to Hollywood and that he was doing this work purely out of admiration for the departed artist. As no charges were lodged against him by any of the club members, the young man was not held under arrest, but was told that he would be kept under observaton until informaton regarding his statements could be obtained from Hollywood. In the meantime, further investigation is said to have revealed the fact that some Valentino Clubs were composed laregely of believers in spiritualism and that seances, with the shade of the fiom star as the chief attraction, had been on the order of the day, or night, for several weeks. One young girl told police that Valentino’s spirit made frequent visits to his Budapest admirers. This gir, the daugher of a rich industrialist, said that Valentino’s shade complained bitterly at the shortness of human memory and at the failure of his one-time enthusiasts to erct a suitable monument to him. She considered it her special task to carry on a campaign wit hthe object of calming Rudolph Valentino’s uneasy spirit.