Cloudburst and tornado struck the Valentino desert movie camp about eight o’clock Wednesday and completely wrecked it. James Townsend, production manager, was struck on the head by a flying timber and believed to be seriously injuried. He was brought to Yuma late last night, as were 25 workers who were breaking camp following the departure of Rudolph Valentino, Bull Montana, and 125 others for Los Angeles on Tuesday. A big water tank was blown a mile down the valley by the and 20-foot lengths of iron pipe were blown about like straws. Every tent and building was razed except the big dining tent, and the workers lost all personal efexcept what they had on their ‘ ick. From six inches to a foot of •toater ran where water is seldom seen, and the strength of a dozen men was required to keep from blowing away a large automobile with all brakes set. The storm was described by oldtimers as something unequalled within the memory of man in that district. The roads between Yuma and the dunes were flooded for the third time this soring and made well-nigh impassable.
Monthly Archives: Apr 2021
Befitting a desert habitation of a real ‘Son of a Sheik’ is the tent house built for Rudolph Valentino, First National star, who has arrived on location, to take the desert scenes for his latest picture. Although the celebrated movie star has a room at his disposal all the time at the Arizona hotel, most of his time will be spent at the location camp, which is fitted up with every necessity for him and his attendants. The latest movie city is not a large one but is a very neat and (comfortable camp and is (easily accessible from the highway. The actors who will take part in the scenes arrived on a special train that was switched off at Ogelby. They were transported from there to the camp.
I am hosting a free virtual Silent Film Star Hangout, on eventbrite scheduled for Saturday 1 May from 8:00 p.m. (EST) to 9:00 p.m. (EST).
This will be an evening of discussion on your favorite silent film star and what is about them that makes you a fan. It’s a nice way to spend time with fellow fans and share your thoughts and show your memorabilia.
June Mathis, has a pet parrot, which boasts of three names is among the missing. The writer of the screen version of Metro’s —The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ had as the constant companion of her leisure moments, the loquacious bird until a few mornings ago it took fright at a sudden noise and fluttered over Hollywond housetops and away. Anybody finding a parrot that answers to the names of “Metro, Polly or Laura’’ that is a stranger to profanity and bears a yellow mark on its green back, is asked to return it to Miss Mathis.
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