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31 Oct 1923 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr. & Mrs. Valentino, and Spiritualism

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The 1920’s was a time period of social and economic change. People were tired of living a legacy of war and sorrow. They wanted to live life on their terms and not what society deemed as acceptable or tolerated. There was a hint of the curious in people. Eager to explore beyond their own backyards by going out into the world and try new things. But while these were deemed forbidden or taboo it didn’t stop the rich and famous. No, they led and mere mortals followed. For instance magic shows were something a sober upstanding and law abiding citizen would not normally attend. However, they became a public phenomenon and no one was more public and a forbidden marvel than Harry Houdini and his magic performances that made viewers believe. Also, people enjoyed participating in popular parlour board games such as seances or Ouija boards giving them a chance to communicate with the dearly departed. This too became a phenomenon making skeptics into believers. Lastly, Spiritualism became all the rage among many famous people or newly turned believers of the day.  Famous author and noted believer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a strong advocate and was often found to lecture on his theories and beliefs. So strong was his beliefs that he felt Houdini had supernatural skills and even when the magic trick was explain he refused to believe otherwise.  The author felt there was a commonality between spiritualism and motion picture industry. But let us not forget Doyle’s interest goes back further than Rudolph and Natacha.  During and after WWI Doyle was a member of the Society for Physical Research and became friends with all sorts of people with a shared intriguing interest.  Rambova’s interest started at a young age and believed strongly in reincarnation and automatic writing.  She surrounded herself with people that had a shared belief and was firm follower of Madame Helen Blavatsky. When she became involved with Rudolph Valentino, she shared her personal beliefs. During the course of their relationship he became an enthusiast and newspapers have documented the couple’s belief extensively.  June Mathis the woman who discovered him and other mother were also believers.  However, when Valentino’s marriage to Rambova ended so did his interest with spiritualism.  On his death bed he reconciled with the Roman Catholic faith. Rambova eventually reinvented herself as a world known Egyptologist and carried her belief to the grave.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave his final interview to Horace Leaf, published in October 1930 issue of Ghost Story.

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This interview seemed a culmination of Doyle’s fanaticism with spiritualism. The writer starts out writing Conan Doyle’s last words to me were “Spiritualism is the most important fact in life, and we must make this world accept it in the interests of both worlds”.  Towards the end of interview, he talked about how Doyle would talk to crowds about spiritualism and the mileage he traveled.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did make a promise and his final words were published in the New York Times that I have included in this blog post.

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There has been no evidence that suggests the Valentino’s ever personally met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But at one time, all had a shared interest, in spiritualism and the great beyond. How fascinating it would be to read about them having a conversation where they share opinions on mutual interests. The spiritualism movement continued into the early 1930’s and interest declined thereafter.

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27 Oct 1953 – Famed Valentino Director Dies

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24 Oct 1923 – Defendant Answers

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23 Oct 1923 – Arthur Butler Graham vs. Rudolph Valentino Continues

According to court documents the ongoing trial of Arthur Butler Graham vs. Rudolph Valentino continued for most of the year 1923.  It’s a known fact that Rudolph Valentino had problems with paying his bills on time.  Looks like the amount went up to $65,000 for services rendered when Arthur represented him in court during the Famous Players-Lasky suit

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9 Oct 1924 – Ritz Carlton Pictures Predicts Rudolph Valentino’s future

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5 Oct 1919 – Viola Dane Cuts Off Curls for Art’s Sake

Viola Dane sacrificed her beautiful chestnut curls in the cause for art when she undertook the stellar role in Tile Microbe,” the appealing Metro drama picture by writer June Mathis from Henry Altimus’ Alnslee’s Magazine story in which the little star will be seen at the Hose theater today. Miss Dane’s ringlets were much in evidence in “Satan Junior” and “Blue Jeans,” but they had no place in ‘The Microbe” so Viola just made a little wry smile of regret and snipped them off.  Some of the early incidents in her” newest photoplay called for Miss Dane to appear in Troy’s clothing, wearing a cap. Hence the bobbed hair. But the beauty of it is that the tiny star is even cuter, in the opinion of her director, Henry Otto, than she was when her curls fell over her shoulders.

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Oct 1916 -Kosloff Withdraws Lawsuit

The lawsuit which Theodore Kosloff, dancer, teacher brought against former student, Winifred de Wolfe for $2,037 has been discontinued at his own request.  The money was claimed for lessons given in Russian dancing to Mrs. Kimball daughter who is at present appearing with Kosloff in one of his acts.

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1 Oct 1922 – Rodolph Valentino Has One Pet Peeve

Although Rodolph Valentino, the handsome young actor who is appearing with Mae Murray In her starring vehicle. “The Delicious Little Devil,” at the State theater in the near future. Valentino was born in Taranto, Italy and he seldom displays that fiery temper which is accepted as characteristic of the Italian rare. But there is one sure way to rouse his ire, and that is by spelling his first name Rudolph instead of Rodolph. Valentino is the son of a captain In the Italian army, and he was himself attached to Italian flying corps, conducting experiments In hazardous air stunts at Mineola, and he naturally dislikes the Teutonic spelling of his given name. Valentino began his public career as an automobile racer in Italy, winning second honors in a race between Naples and Rome in 1908, at the age of sixteen. His first stage appearance in America was as a dancer in New York, and for two years he toured the country as Joan Sawyer’s dancing partner. He sang and danced in musical comedy for a season and rounded out his stage career by a veer with the Alcazar Stock Company in San Francisco. Universal Studio gave him his first opportunity in pictures. As the lover of Mae Murray in this picture he has one of the best roles of his screen career.

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