Monthly Archives: February 2017
Rudolph Valentino former motion picture star, now touring the country dancing, was criticized for his alleged statement that motion pictures today have little consideration for morality. Jacob Silverman of Altoons opposed Sunday opening of film houses, saying the only ones who benefit by Sunday movie shows are the picture producers, and that everyone is entitled to 52 holidays a year.
Xavier Cugat says that Rudolph Valentino gave him the impetus to change from being a newspaper artist to a band leader. Cugat started out as a concert violinist. At 12 years of age, he was concert master in Havana, Cuba and told himself that if he wasn’t the world’s greatest violinist by the time he was 25, he would quit. He wasn’t, and so he did. Cugat took up cartooning. He was a staff artist on a Los Angeles paper, and one of his assignments was to sketch Valentino. The actor liked Cugat’s cartoon and they became friends. “Valentino danced the tango”, Cugat says, in “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. It was a silent movie, and it became popular. “So he suggested that I start a tango orchestra”. I did, and our first engagement was the Coconut Grove. “Valentino came into dance, and so did Joan Crawford. We were an immediate hit. “It got so the establishment had to have mounted policemen outside to hold the crowds back”. That Cugat says, is the genuine truth about how he became a band leader.
Rudolph Valentino reputed to be one of the screen’s handsomest actors can look hard-boiled enough when the occasion demands. Valentino was in San Francisco playing the leading male role in exterior scenes of George Melford’s Paramount Picture “Moran of the Lady Letty” featuring Dorothy Dalton, showing at the Imperial Theater today and tomorrow. Starting for his room in one of the Bay Area’s most palatial hotel after a hard day’s work in his rough sailor attire, he was stopped by an elevator starter. “Here you” said the man, “do you stay at this hotel”? “Why yes,” smiled Valentino “why do you ask”? “You look like a smuggler” replied the starter. “Thank you for the compliment” returned the actor. “That’s just what I want to look like. My make-up must be very realistic”. It certainly is said the elevator man, who had discerned the grease paint on Valentino’s face, and recognized him.
14 Feb was the perfect day to learn that Edna Stansbury, has been chosen one of Rudolph Valentino’s Valentines. The modern version of the heart-throb of the Flapper Era, Anthony Dexter, was this year’s judge for the 1952 Valentine Girl and her court of sweethearts. Candidates for the honors numbered 760 representatives of Beta Sigma Phi sororities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dexter chose Mrs. Pat Lawrence a member of California Kappa Nii Chapter at Gendale, as Valentine Girl. Miss Stanbury, named one of the 5th Valentines and her portrait published in the Torch of Beta Sigma Phi. She was also offered a job as a sorority organizer for Nu Phi Mu. The younger group of business women. Had she been able to accept the work she would have toured the United States and Canada helping form Nu Phi Mu chapters. Miss Stansbury was chosen by Theta Chapter of Greely to represent her group but only for her beauty but sparking personality and service to the sorority. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs. J.W. Stansbury and works for a Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Service.
Tuesday, 14 Feb, Valentines Day will also be Rudolph Valentino Day at the New Astor. The popular young star’s picture, “The Sheik” has returned for another downtown run at this theater and to celebrate its second Minneapolis showing. Valentino has sent 5,000 Valentines by special train to the city to be presented to feminine fans who attend the theater on that day. The similarity between the name “Valentino” and “Valentine’s Day” prompted the star to send the gifts.
1. Never play at love unless you feel the urge. Insincere lovemaking is cheating and you cheat yourself most of all.
2. Never try cave-man tactics on the woman you love. That’s a sure way to lose her if she is worth winning.
3. Be patient. Never try to kiss a woman at the first or second time you meet her. And never reveal your purpose, whatever it may be, until she is used to you and trusts you.
Rudolph Valentino earned approximately $2,000,000 during his brief film career, he was usually without money. Joseph Schenck, executive director of United Artists Corporation for which Valentino made pictures said today. The potential earning power of the man who thrilled the romantic imagination of screen fans was easily a million dollars a year. Mr. Schenck asserted, but his net estate, so far is known, does not exceed $75,000. Valentino was just beginning to realize large earnings in the last two years Mr. Schenck said, “I should say that in the last year and a quarter he made between $900,000 and a million dollars in pictures. He made perhaps two million dollars during his entire screen career. “Rudy made no investments. He lived well, spending freely, and was exceedingly generous with his friends”. I know he never had any money, regardless of his earnings. He didn’t know its value. Valentino had taken out a personal insurance policy for $50,000, Mr. Schenck said, with is brother and sister as beneficiaries. United Artists Corporation had insured him for $200,000 Valentino had made a will, which is now in Hollywood, according to George Ullman, the late actor’s manager.
Mr. Rudolph Valentino is reported to be coming back like Napoleon as the Flapper’s Presidential Candidate for 1924 on the Platform that he can star in every Movie News Reel, launching a Battleship. Now comes the announcement that Valentino praises Mineralava the facial clay used at exclusive Barber Shops all over the Country and sold in the Hudson Toilet Goods Shop.
Mrs. Rudolph Valentino “No.1” known on the screen as Jean Acker, who went into vaudeville two weeks ago in a sketch depicting “how she won the shriek” is in bed today under the care of a trained nurse. And all, it is said, because of the barrage of threatening letters from women movie fans who are jealous of her using the Sheik’s last name. Last week, Mrs. Valentino “No 1” appealed to Albert Darling, manager of the theater at which she was playing for protection against the flood of “poison pen” notes and stage door jeering’s. She said she was convinced sympathizers of Valentino were conspiring to drive her from the stage.
Rudolph Valentino great lover of the silent screen, played an important part in the life of an obscure kid who was to rise to heights himself in later years. That youngster was Frank Veloz of the noted dance team, Veloz and Yolanda. At the time, Frank Veloz was a teen-age messager boy for a New York Bank. Valentino was winning early fame for his performance of the Argentine Tango. “I saw him dance, and after that I couldn’t sleep or eat until I met the man”, Veloz said. ‘Dance was boiling in my soul at the time only I didn’t know it’. He added: “through a friend, I met Valentino in a Broadway restaurant. I told him I wanted to be a great dancer like him. He was charming the perfect gentleman. I was impressed by his complete humility. “He was pleased that his dancing inspired a bright-eyed youngster. And he devoted an hour to telling me that a dancer must apply long hours to imagination and to practice to bring out individuality and personality. He devoted long hours to imagination and practice. Veloz and Yolanda attained great heights not only as the first dance team to be starred in motion pictures, but as concert artists from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. When Edward Small first dreamed of his idea of putting Valentino’s story on the big screen, Veloz was one of the first he considered for the role. “But I felt then, as I feel now, that I don’t do the part justice” Veloz said. The Veloz influence still will be felt in the picture when it reaches the screen. Today, he is teaching Tony Dexter who will play Valentino to dance the Gaucho Tango, a number which will be one of the dramatic highlights of the film when it is made.