26 Dec 1923 – Valentino Coming Back

With all differences patched up and with a brand new spelling for his first name Rudolph Valentino will begin work immediately after the holiday season on a film version of Booth Tarkington’s Monsieur Beaucaire.  Famous Players-Lasky are again his employers.  When he formerly toiled before the cameras he was known as Rodolph.  Reading the latest contract one finds the signature Rudolph with no explanation for the name change.  Recently Ritz Carlton Pictures corporation announced he signed with them to begin work on a series of new films as soon as his contract with Famous Players ran out.  In the latter contract, owever, was a clause giving them the option on the players services.  They decided to exercise this option and after long negotiations through his attorney Max Steuer succeeded in their attempt to win back the famous actor.  An official of Famous Players-Lasky said today, the company had tried several times in the last year to settle the matter, offering Valentino cart blanche to seletct his stories, director, and virtually name his salary. they had extreme difficulty in negotiating with him directly and rapprochement was only reached through Mr. Steuer.  By the terms of the settlement all litigation between Valentino and Famous Players will be dropped.  Mrs. Valentino as attorney in fact for her husband said she played an important part. Before sailing for Europe this last week after she had affixed her signature to the contract. Mrs. Valentino said “It is gratifying to reach a satifactory conclusion and to see Rudolph again in a position to pursue his career under satisfactory conditions.  Some sample screen tests were made while we were abroad and the results demonstrated conclusively the character development and artistic advance made by him since he previously appeared.  In all respects he is fit and ready for his new tasks”.

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