June Mathis plays the leading woman’s part with charm. The supporting company is excellent, and the scenic climax of the third act, when the stage is set to represent the deck of a yacht in a wild gale is a masterpiece.
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What have the fates in store for 15-year-old Miss Norma Niblock, the Canadian girl, who won the recent National Beauty Contest, Madison Square Garden, New York City.? Will she meet with the same disappointments, disillusionment and disasters that have come to the winners of other beauty contests or will she prove an exception to the rule that prize-winning beauties are cursed with a jinx. Here is a young woman who has been crowned as the first beauty of the land. Never less a personage than the Sheik of Sheiks Rudolph Valentino selected her from amongst 88 prize winners from as many American and Canadian cities. In addition, to a crown she has a contract to appear in the movies with the mud-massage star. Will she go the way of Agnes Souret, “La Plus Belle Femme De France” who is now a humble chorus girl in a music hall in which she was starred after winning the greatest beauty contest ever held in France? Will she experience the fate of Margaret Leahy “the most beautiful girl in England”, who was given a movie contract in Hollywood and is now suing Joseph Schenck for $50,000 because she was not starred? Will she return home to her parents like Mary Katherine Campbell, twice winner of national beauty contests in Atlantic City, New Jersey has done after failing to make an impression as a vaudeville actress? The experience and failure of these three famous prize beauties winners of the biggest and most extensively advertised beauty contests held on both sides of the Atlantic do not bode well for Miss Niblocks future. But perhaps she may escape the jinx. At any rate, she has a 3 year contract with the company that arranged the beauty contest and she will at least be used as advertising copy.
This article talks about a favorite destination of the rich and famous. The connection to Rudolph Valentino is in 1926 he took Pola Negri here and stayed overnight in one of the cabins.
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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”.
I have been reflecting on today with families coming together appreciating , family, hearth, and love for fellow man. This time of year, when people count their blessings and celebrate the birth of Jesus. I cannot but help and wonder about a certain silent film star who achieved the American dream of fame, fortune, friends. A man who touches others’ lives through a movie screen presence and yet does not appreciate the good things that came his way. Rudolph Valentino is a man whose reality does not match up to the persona. Did the year, really give Mr. Valentino the desires of his heart? In 1922, he achieved success with his movie “Blood and Sand” making more money than the year before. There is the new wife who seemed to have his best interests at heart. But biting the hand that literally feeds you and listening to bad advice did not do him any good. This year, he cleverly found a way to make money, and it did not endear him with his fans with his antics when him and his wife travelled from city to city. These are hard-working people who paid dearly to see their movie idol perform and yet all I read about was his complaining. Mr. Valentino in the spirit of this special day, I ask that you reflect on your actions and realize your no more different than the next person. The day where fame found you can leave and what will you have to show? Just a name in the newspapers from a bygone age. May you read this in the spirit in which is intended that I wish you good tidings and hope that the next year is a better one.
Rev James Tolerville, Canterville, Ohio
June Mathis, head of Metro’s scenario department, has hung up a record for other scenarists to shoot at during her 10 weeks in California at Metro’s Hollywood studios, where she migrated Irom New York. In two months and a half Miss Mathis has completed three continuities, one of seven reels and the other five-part program pictures; titled six productions for four different stars; imparted the “feminine touch” to two pictures in course of production and gone through a mass of bocks and original stories is head of her department. She will do far in her career.
Hollywood tongues have been wagging over the newest sensation of studio circles. What will be the result of the ruption between Mrs. Valentino and June Mathis? For the time being “Rudy” has bowed to his imperious wife and let his ablest friend and sponsor go her way. It was Miss Mathis who started Valentino on the road to opulence and fame. She picked him for the lead for “The Four Horsemen” she saw an opportunity and it paid off in a big way. Mrs. Valentino who wrote “The Scarlet Power” saw what changes Miss Mathis had made in it, the grand smashup came. So “Cobra” was substituted and all the grand vestments and shining armour for the Rambova story were packed away. Cost of the switch runs into the hundres of thousands, but the wife, who in other matters also laid down the law, is triumphant. No one concerned will talk, but Valentino retains his admiration for Miss Mathis. But only from a safe distance.
Los Angeles is making its theatrical traditions. At last, it has an institution in connection with the entertainment world. Griffith openings have been accepted as an event, one of the picturesque features of our amusement world, which is good to have and which the public delights to cling to. Older cities of course have many historic incidents in their theatrical life that lend a charm which makes them individual. Never are they planned, never the result of long scheming. Something just happens; the public enjoys it; again it happens a few times more, and then it becomes an institution. People adopt with enthusiasm and its is the material of which legends are woven for the next generation. It is fitting that David Wark Griffith should be the personalityh about which has risen in Los Angeles, for none has been more dominant and active than he in the artistic life of this city. The opening of “The Greatest Thing In Life” last Monday established Griffith openings as events that have won the public’s favor. The public has come to dramatize them, presenting its own drama, while attending another. For this performance Mr. Griffith had no only a wonderful motion picture of superb merit, but he showed for the first time his new improvement in photography, which inspired the most extravagant comparisions. As though that were not enough, he presented a prologue with a cast of 50 players, a symbolic offering, novel and beautiful. That it might be entirely surprising, he imported a number of celebrated artists including the dancer, Rodolfo di Valentina, who was court dancer in Rome, London, Madrid. Recently he has been in New York and Mr. Griffith brought him here in a stellar capacity.