Monthly Archives: Aug 2021

30 Aug 1926 – Bowed by Brief Farewell of Lonely Actress

“I am only a little butterfly made for sunshine. I cannot stand loneliness and shabblness with nobody to care for me and with no babies to love.” “Please look after Rudolph’s pictures. He helped me over lots of stiles unknowingly.” This was the farewell message of Miss Peggy Scott, the fascinating young actress, in ‘bequeathing photographs of Rudolph Valentino to Miss Rosa Alborough, her friend, who gave her a night’s lodgings before she committed suicide. In giving evidence at the inquest, Miss Alborough said that Miss Scott came to her flat. She was penniless, and said that she was unable to get work or a room. She stayed the night, and visited a moving picture show in the afternoon, “When she returned in the evening she was crying. She collapsed, saying that she had swallowed “something.” Miss Scott died a few minutes after the arrival of the doctor, she left a letter, in a bag addressed to “witness. “My life is awful,” wrote Miss Scott. “I am afraid of it. I am simply existing. It is heartbreaking living in the past when the present is hopeless. I broke my heart. Budolph helped me to carry on, and told me of his own sufferings. A MATTER OF TIME. “With his death the last bit of courage has flown. I have been stretched for years like a piece of elastic. Perhaps it was only a matter of time, anyway, before the elastic snapped.” Miss Scott apologised to her friend would not allow her death to interfere with her holiday. She mentioned a man friend who forgiving her trouble, and hoped she used to make her an allowance, and gave him a blessing. She hoped he would pay the funeral expenses. “I am sur£ he will help. It is for the last time,” concluded in her letter, ‘Miss Alborough told the Coroner that she was paying the funeral expenses. The inquest was adjourned till October
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28 Aug 1922 – Moran of the Lady Letty

It will be with great delight that the picture patrons will welcome the return of Rudolph Valentino. There no doubt he scored a wonderful tiiiocese in “The Sheik, and the triumph of that picture was merely illustrative of the personality of the star Valcntino is the featured player in “Moran of Lady Letty,” which commences at The Wondergraph today. The dramatic of this picture are intense, the acting of Dorothy Dalton is well worthy of commendation. One is the stanch windjammer overcome by the dread sea-fire, the looting of the doomed vessel, and the rescue of the unconscious girl by the shanghaied second mate. Exciting episodes are the battle between the crew of tile Lady Leity and the Mexican brigands, the subdoling of the untamed nature of Moran. The tremendous fight between the dandy and the villainous captain a fight in which the vtuecr of oivilUatiou id stripped I awayt a battle of brute furoe raging beyond the rocks and finally on the main in the high seas ending only with the ships captain dying.
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27 Aug 1926- Valentino Dead America in Mourning

Rudolph Valentino died on Monday. Not since the death of the three American Presidents Roosevelt, Wilson and Harding has there been in the present generation such country-wide public manifestations of grief over the demise of any person as that of Valentino. Newspapers through out the nation in headlines, in many cases six inches high state “United States Mourns Valentino”. Many journals devote half their contents to pictures of the cinema star from baby-hood to man-hood and long accounts of his life career even stressing that he was not and American and his residence in this country was brief, having arrived penniless and for many years earned his living at the most menial tasks.  He was unquestionably the most popular state figure in America. One writer declares Valentino was more popular the world over than any King who ever lived.  Hundreds of thousands of people literally blocked the street around the hospital for 24 hours before his death. An appeal was broadcast over the radio for helpful thought when his condition became serious. Thousands of messages a day poured in from people, while floral contributions filed the corridors of the hospital. His death cast a gloom on the bright lights of Broadway the famous NY theatre district.
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1926 – Valentino Tribute

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1926 – Monthly Barometer

Following the death of beloved Rudolph Valentino this department received an avalanche of letters expressing the deal and sincere sorrow of the movie fans. The letters following Valentino’s death received during August outnumbered thhoe on any other topic.

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21 Aug 1926 – Natacha and Fashion

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1921 & 1926 – Rev Joseph M. Congedo

Father Congedo, pastor of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 315 East Thirty-third Street, Manhattan, New York would soon be called to another famous Italian’s sick bed and would forever be known not for his good works and deeds but associated with this second visit.

The first visit occurred on 16 Feb 1921, Father Congedo and Father Molinelli were called to administer the last rights at the 18th floor apartment, Hotel Vanderbilt of famous tenor Enrico Caruso a friend of Rudolph Valentino reported to be in serious condition due to a recent heart attack.   Upon their arrival Caruso asked both priests “what are you here for”?  Not wanting to alarm him they said they were in the area inquiring after a friend’s health and heard he was still ill thought they would stop by to hope he would pull through.  During time spent with the famous patient who suggested final rites be performed.

The second visit occurred on 23 Aug 1926, Father Congedo was called to the bedside of fellow Italian Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino to listen to his final confession and administer last rites of the Catholic Church.  During time spent at his bedside, Father Congedo concerned for the patient’s mortal soul, knew time was of the essence and quickly set up a small altar containing holy oil, a relic of St. Therese, candles in his hospital room.  After Father Congedo spent time with Valentino he left the hospital via the main entrance where he was met by a large crowd of newspaper reporters eager for small details of his visit.  The father talked about giving him comfort and speaking to him in Italian and providing religious comfort to someone a fellow catholic.  During the first funeral service for Valentino at St. Malachi Church Father Congedo attended.

The Reverend was considered a saint within the Italian American community.   He came to New York direct from the Pontifical Vatican Seminary, Rome, Italy. In 1905, he was ordinated and furthered his religious education at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers where he received his Doctorate Degree.  In 1911, he embraced his new country by becoming an American citizen.  In 1915, he was accredited by the Catholic regents and had Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, a two-story brick church built at an enormous cost of $35,000. Father Congedo helped establish Immaculata High School the only Italian High School at the time.  Active in the Italy America Society he never forgot his roots and did what he could to help his fellow countrymen.  Father Congedo pastored the church until his death in 1954.  In Jan 2007, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church closed its doors for good and was demolished due to money and lack of attendance.  Church papers and items were sent to the Archbishop of New York.

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Aug 1928 – Filling Their Shoes

While Rudolph Valentino lived he had some business differences with the producers which resulted in temporary banishment from the silver screen.  this you recall, was the time he toured the country, on a dance contest with ex-wife Natasha Rambova and sponsored by Mineralava. Latin lovers had been made the last word in romance through the Valentio vogue.What then, could be more simple thant to dig up a similar type and through the power of publicity create his successor. That’s how they figured it and that is how Ramon Navarro made his debut.  Of course, Ramon carved a little kingdom of his own which still endures. But he never took Rudy’s place and nor did anyone else.  Wisely enough, the producers have quit and attempt to fill it. With Valentino the passion of the fans burned so brightly that his passing was the direct cause of an entirely different sort of hero being evolved. With increasingly few exceptions, the day of the languishing lothario has passed. Perhaps Pola Negri’s flame burned brighest about the time Rudy’s star was in the ascendent. Now it seems Pola is through.

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Aug 1928 – Only One Valentino

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my regret that so many people over use and abuse the name of the late Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino.  If a person happens to have his hair exceedingly well-combed he is called a Valentino. If they can register certain expressions with their eyes awkward and ungainly though they maybe hailed as a Valentino. If an individual who looks more like an ogre than a human being happens to be in sight, for the sale of a laugh and of being called funny someone who thinks himself witty dubs him a Valentino. In my opinion, this is so wrong on many levels because since our gallant Rudolph is now dead, his memory should be held in respect and his name instead of being used foolishly and nonsensically, should be respected and revered.

G.B.Z. Manilla Phillipines

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Aug 1922 – How Do You Pronounce Sheik?

“We wish, Goddess of Knowledge, you would prove you’re not a fake and settle all the arguments about this Sheik. Now Rudolph Valentino insists it should be “shake”. While dear old Noah Webster, before whose authority we quake, says that either is correct, but gives the preference to “sheek” thus the argument goes on and to settle it we seek. We’ll make a wager here and now that the girls will not criticise, or care just how this words pronounced with one look at Rudolph’s eyes!”

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23 Aug 2021 – Mourning Valentino on Eventbrite

On 23 August 21, 8:30 pm (EST), Mourning Rudolph Valentino will be a free presentation in Eventbrite. There are still tickets available. This discussion is about mourners of Valentino past and present. I hope you will consider attending.

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4 Aug 1940 – Still Remembered

Recently fans of the late great screen-lover Rudolph Valentino crowded into St. Malachy Church, New York for the annual memorial service. The British Valentino Association was represented. Valentino would have been 45 years old today had he lived
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3 Aug 1924 – Rumors

All the worlds in Europe this summer. From Paris or London, Rome or Germany with its alluring shops are getting a good dose of filmland. June Mathis, Carmel Myers, and George Walsh are at the Claridge and when they gaily telephoned me the other day.  Telephone service like people is the same everywhere only I do think after this trip I shall feel inclined to apologize to the Los Angeles phones.  I used to think it was the worst in the world, but I have met London and Paris since then.  The only redeeming feature is in Paris it is only one arm that goes to sleep while you are waiting for the operator to wake up. The mouthpiece and receiver are like a one-piece bathing suit all together.  So, lunch at the Ritz Hotel with June Mathis after which we watched mannikins parade in several shops just to get a slant at the new styles.  When June passed up the filmy frocks which are no doubt putting the eyes out in Deauville now, and insisted that she is being a hard-working woman must have more practical attire, the inquisitive French girl, observant too interrupted with, “Ah Madame cannot be a regular working woman. She has such lovely jewels”. She no doubt had her eye on the lovely necklace watch June gave herself in Hollywood last Christmas.  I wanted to know whether the report from Hollywood that June Mathis married here to George Walsh was true.  Miss Mathis declared she was neither married nor engaged to George Walsh and that is that. So, let the rumor mill find something else to gossip about.  From my observation since June is in Paris, I would say George Walsh and other Americans who maybe interested in the talented lady there is a keen rival for her affections, and he is Italian and happens to be in the movie industry.  June met her new man in Rome, and he appears quite attentive.  Do I hear wedding bells in their future? Time will only tell.

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