While Rudolph Valentino did not work at the Goldwyn Studio there is a connection to its owner. Mentor June Mathis was a writer who worked on the movie Ben Hur. In 1926, studio head Samuel Goldwyn was a last minute replacement pallbearer at his funeral.
Barbara LaMarr returned to California from a recent trip to Rome, Italy where she was filmed in the scene of “The Eternal City” found a delegation at the train station to meet her headed by Ramon Navarro and Bess Meredyth. Mis La Marrand Mr. Navarro will being work immediately upon “Thy Name is Woman”..
December bride June Mathis, screen writer and Silvano Balboni cinematographer were married at the Mission of St. Cecilia, Riverside, California.
Their whirlwind romance is an outstanding example of how two professionals seemed destined to meet and have their own happily ever after. It started out as mutual admiration between the couple. Silvano amazed at the personality of Miss Mathis and June was attracted to his dynamic looks. Now they are looking forward to collaborating on future movie projects.
This happily married couple were married until June’s early demise in 1927. Their last movie collaboration was “The Masked Woman”. For this project, June Mathis wrote and directed, and her husband had to come in and finish what his wife started.
Rumors vague and rumors that border on fact are current just now about the proposed celluloid “Romeo and Juliet”. In the movie world of fans the burning question is not “Who will play Ben-Hur but who will play Romeo”? Shakespears tragedy of youth and love not some scenario writers will be the motion picture and tha casting of it is of paramount importance. Julie seems to rest with Norma Talmade or Mary Pickford with scales tipping in favor of Norma. Right now, the screen Juliet will inevitably be compared with Jane Cowl’s portrayl last season and she will have to reach the heights to stand the test. But Romeo? Truly may we ask wherefore art thou Rudolph Valentino? That is the final answer is myself who doesnt go over raptures over his name because Rudy is romance to the core. Can you imagine Romeo with Gene O’Briens Irish grin? Therefore, Valentino with his Latin manner and easy grace is the logical choice. Rudy is the great love and the only other suitable candidtate for this role is Ivor Novelio. He like Rudy is to the manner born. but is he will enough known? there is a large matter of conflicting contracts in the way of every fans dream of Talmadge-Valentino “Romeo and Juliet” but there is still hope. Perhaps some day in the not so distant future will see a dream come true.
Lasky Studios was home to famous movie stars and it was Rudolph Valentino who made movies here and in NY. This article from 1923, talks abit about the studios and thought it would be an interesting piece of Valentino history.