Veteran actor of yesteryear Joel McCrea ambition to succeed on the screen dates back to the time Rudolph Valentino engaged Joel to teach him the finer points of horseback riding. For days they rode around Hollywood together, becoming so well acquainted that Valentino confided his salary to McCrea. “That settled it” says Joel. “From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a screen actor and I went right after my goal. Two years after his first screen portrayal, McCrea was playing leads. He has a keen eye for business and purchased a ranch 50 miles from Hollywood, where he raised horses. It seems that horses were interwoven in his scheme. First, the Valentino incident started him on his way; then he acquired a horse ranch. Valentino played an important role that Joel had never forgot.