6 Aug 1938 – Beulah Livingstone

According to Beulah Livingstone, who writes publicity for a company sponsoring the revival of “Son of the Sheik” the name of Rudolph Valentino will remain a magic one as long as romance flourishes on the movie screen. “It was the late Valentino”, declares Miss Livingstone “who set the hears of the nation thumping wildly with his forthright technique of love-making, and his rugged he-man characterizations set another precedent in screen acting. Those who remember and love him for his screen contributions, as well as the
newer generation who have never had the opportunity to see the great idol of filmdom, will be happy to learn that his last and greatest picture has been booked for local presentation.  We have known Beulah Livingstone since back in the good old silent days, when we were young and innocent and the brain-storms that flowed so profusely from her sturdy typewriter were eagerly accepted and passed on without blue penciling to our readers. But a lot of water has shot over the Chaudière since “Son of the Sheik” was
produced and released to a clamoring public, and we confess that Beulah’s effusive if well-turned, phrases anent the current revival of Rudolph Valentino productions from the dimly-passed silent days leaves us as cold as one early morning last winter when the radiator on the old bus froze stiff and we bravely ventured forth to walk the two miles to our office. For the information of those who might be interested, and just to keep the record clear, we might add that the rejuvenated “Son of the Sheik” contains sound effects and a newly arranged musical score. Acting, directing, technical effects, and camera work have come a long way, however, from the days when every other girl of teen-age sent in a quarter for her idol’s photograph and
mounted it on the boudoir table.
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21 Jul 1925 – Women Resented Him

NO one would attempt to deny that Rudolph has had a severe setback. One of the very big directors told me it was his opinion that Rudy had been all but assassinated professionally by the too open attempt to advertise him as a lady-charmer.  According to the opinion of this director, that has been Rudolph’s trouble. He was touted so heavily as  “the great lover of the movie screen” that has aroused the resentment not so much of men as of women. Valentino and other famous silent stars of the time. In every one of
these famous stage careers there is a core of tragedy, of futility, and failure

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2 Aug 18 – Q/A with YouTube Vlogger “Jordan the Lion”

Readers, this blog is about Rudolph Valentino.  Through these blog posts and my research, I hope this has been a journey of new and fascinating discoveries for you.  After years of blogging, I am still amazed new information is continuously discovered by a community of people who are fans of the silent film industry.  Fellow Valentino fans who avidly share their finds on social media and have interesting conversations about their discoveries. Also, it has been my privilege to meet noted authors, vloggers and fellow Valentino fans kind enough to take time out to information share. One such person, is a YouTube Video Logger whose moniker is Daze With Jordan The Lion.  This enterprising vlogger has produced some amazing vlogs on a variety of different subjects and foreign travel.  This gentleman’s vlogs have been viewed with appreciation by many of Valentino fans on social media. Since the month of August is dedicated to the memory of Rudolph Valentino who died on 23 Aug 1926. I reached out to Mr. Jordan Lee who was gracious to grant me this short interview for which I humbly thank him for taking time.

1) Rudolph Valentino’s memory is still highly regarded, and many fans have been excited when viewing your v-logs.  The detail and depth of new information has been appreciated. What are your thoughts about knowing your vlogs are viewed by a different fan base?

I am extremely happy to know that people still care about Valentino’s career and lore, so knowing that people are finding my vlogs and maybe just going and watching his movies out of their own curiosity really makes me happy, so I love it.

2) One of your Vlogs #151 Inside Rudolph Valentino’s First L.A Apartment was at the Hotel Alexandria. First. I want to say well researched and cool to watch.  This is a favorite vlog amongst fellow Valentino fans. What was your first impression when you were able to see the room where Norm Kerry and Rudolph Valentino stayed?

My first impression was how I felt like it hadn’t changed at all. and you can almost feel like you can see them living in there. I don’t know, it’s pretty surreal. There are many places they keep rooms in that kind of condition and untouched for as long as that place has so it really had a Valentino feel or what I would feel like Valentino would stay. I also have to say how surprised I was that the Hotel was so willing to show it to me. They literally just handed me the keys at one point…

3) Have you watched any of Rudolph Valentino’s silent films? If so, do you have a favorite?

Yes, I always liked the Sheik, and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but since I like to spend time in the Fern dell part of Griffith Park, Los Angeles with my dog, ‘The Young Rajah’ has a special place for me, as they say some of those classic scenes were filmed on that path.

4) Will there be any future vlogging projects about Rudolph Valentino?

Yes, I have a couple more, and I’m hoping to include meeting with City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in hopes in getting a plaque acknowledging where “Villa Valentino” was, since it was truly his home, I believe…. Mitch has been instrumental in getting various other plaques around the city acknowledging the Silent Movie contributions, as it is now Villa Valentino’s foundation STILL remains off to the side of the 101 Freeway behind a brick wall. Why not put a plaque on that wall acknowledging his house was demolished for the 101 to be constructed?

Well there you are I hope you enjoyed this interview folks. Please take the time and go to YouTube and watch other cool Daze with Jordan The Lion vlogs.  I am hoping to feature future interviews in this blog of other noted Valentino authors.

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25 Jul 1943 – A Bookman’s Holiday By Charles Collins

It was said, that Rudolph Valentino’s book of verses, “Day Dreams” was ghost writed by Gordon Seagrove, former Chicago Tribune reporter and thereafter advertising stylist, it was slightly off the track. The truth in a nugget is that Mr. Seagrove nearly wrote “Day Dreams”. The inside story, in his own words, is better than the original.  “I didn’t write one line of ‘Day Dreams’ says the erstwhile skipper of the yacht Vanadis,” and if I did I would be glad to atone for it on the scaffold. But..when the great lover was becoming a biological urge I saw him in a dancing exhibition, I think in the Bismarck Gardens. When he ended his program countless frustrated mommas took off their wrist watches, rings, etc and threw them on the stage.  That did something to me. How, I pondered, could Seagrove get some of those coconuts? So he hatched up a scheme for a deluxe volume of love poetry by Valentino, to be written and published by himself (Gordon Seagrove), and submitted to the Great Lover who said “Yes”. A serious accident in the Mackinac yacht race delayed the ambitious Seagrove, but after he had been patched up in the hospital ‘all bound with woolen string and wires” he began to write the poems. “It was Eddie Guest with allot of hot Italian background says Seagrove, “a whiff of the desert and a dash of ‘pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar”.  All in all, it was good, heart-mellowing stuff, calculated to knock the matrons not into one loop but three.  In due course, the verses were sent to Hollywood and approved.  “But here the dirty hand of romance smote me.  Valentino had met and fallen in love with Winifred Hudnut, also known as Natacha Rambova. This lady, who was a pallid kind of poet of the E.F. Cummings incoherent school, took one look at my meaty efforts and vetoed them forthwith.  She substituted her own stuff, which now appears in Day Dreams – a new love in versification, in my opinion..  Rudolph Valentino was also the alleged author of a volume of memoirs called “My Private Diary” issued by the Occult Publishing Company, Chicago in 1929. It’s ghost writer has not yet confessed but I can tell you Rudolph Valentino did not write this book.

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27 Jun 43 – Who Really Wrote Day Dreams Book of Poetry

Mention of a book of verse called “Day Dreams” bearing the name of Rudolph Valentino movie actor as author brought a footnote from Phillip Richard Davis who has also written a book or two of verse. He says: Some collectors seek this rare item because the verses attributed to Valentino were really written by Gordon Seagrove, former Chicago Tribune Reporter.  “Day Dreams{ was a press agents idea to augment the build-up of Valentino into a national heart throb. Also it was at that time he was having problems with the movie studios so this was extra money. Seagrove did the writing in a few days. Ask Vincent Starrett about Seagrove as Valentino’s ghost writer. He ought to remember; he was also approached for the job.  Seagrove was a first class minor poet in a gusty and humorous way. He was a frequent contributor to the Tribune Line O’type column in the 1920’s.  In book form, however, his writings are only available in Valentino’s “Day Dreams” and in link book back numbers.

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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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1926 – New York City

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23 Aug 2018 – 91st Annual Valentino Memorial Service

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As a reminder – on 23 August 2018, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA will be the site of the annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service.  This is THE oldest continuing memorial service to a wonder silent film actor that this blog is dedicated to – Rudolph Valentino.  At that time, I will be watching via Facebook live.

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3 Nov 1922 – Banking gone Wrong

Rudolph Valentino went to the Commercial Trust Company to deposit part of his meager weekly wage of $1250.  They almost had to call the reserves because the crowd gave such a good imitation of a mob scene.  The bank thought it was the beginning of a run, but Rudolph was merely bored by the proccedings; he had too many other things on his mind such as no counch in his dressing room, too small a mirror and memories sitting on a barrel under the hot California sun.

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“Fame is like a giant X-Ray. Once you are exposed beneath it, the very beatings of your heart are shown to a gaping world” Natacha Rambova, Dec 1922

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