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2 Apr 1922 – F. C. Parker to Invite Gloria Swanson and R. Valentino to Come Here

In a bid to advertise his movie theater and the latest movie starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson F.C. Parker will visit the Lasky Studios in Hollywood, where he will conduct an interview with Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in an endeavor to have them visit Stockton personally while the film in which they costar, ‘‘Beyond the Rocks,” is playing at the Lyric theater, Frank C. Parker, manager of the house, departed for the south yesterday. Mr. Parker plans to he in the vicinity of Los Angeles for a week at least. During his absence Mark Hatch will manage the Lyric Theater.

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1918 & 1922 – Hotel del Coronado


In February 1888, the Hotel del Coronado, brought luxury on a scale that could only be appreciated in Southern California with its warm and sunny climate.  This Victorian style all wood material hotel and a ocean backdrop, held many firsts with the introduction of electricity and the first outdoor Christmas Tree.  This hotel had 399 rooms, with tennis courts, yacht club, Olympic sized saltwater swimming pool. The hotel played host to the very rich and famous Lillie Langtry, Prince of Wales, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplain, Mae Murray, Tom Mix, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino and many others past and present.  The hotel was becoming famous as a film location in many silent films: Princess Virtue (1917), Married Virgin (1918), Beyond the Rocks (1922), My Husband’s Wives (1924), Flying Fleet (1929) and many others.

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In 1918, Rudolph Valentino, Kathleen Kirkham, Edward Jobson starred in an independently produced movie directed by obscure neophyte Joel Maxwell. In 1920, this movie was in limited release by Fidelity Pictures with the title “Frivolous Wives”.   During his time filming at the Hotel del Coronado, Valentino was deemed the hotels most popular guest. A favorite past time for single and married ladies was to lookout for where their movie star hero might be located on the hotel’s property. During each day, from the hotel’s ocean front veranda ladies were his most enthusiastic and appreciative audience. This was shown by a continued and hearty applause whenever they could grab a glimpse of their idol. During his time on set, Valentino took his acting role seriously. by isolating himself in order to prepare for the next day’s filming.  Due to his immense popularity, there were many times he was called upon to dine with other famous guests or persons of influence.  Although he would love to decline the many invitations he received it was understood as a rising film star, he could not afford to offend his fans and the various movie producers so he took it all in stride. However, truth be told Valentino did enjoy his hotel stay, whether it was fine dining in luxurious surroundings, motoring over scenic roads, a game of tennis, or enjoying a cold swim. Valentino truly loved his time at the hotel, that he came back a couple of years later to make another memorable film in 1922 Beyond the Rocks with Gloria Swanson. The hotel became famous as a vacation playground where Hollywood’s elite would come down for vacation stays.

Here is a YouTube 6.41 clip of Rudolph Valentino near the Hotel del Coronado.

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6 May 1922 – Valentino’s Latest Picture

Gloria Swanson in “Beyond the Rocks” with Rudolph Valentino in the lead supporting role, will be the feature film in local theaters during the week beginning Sunday, May 7, 1922. “Beyond the Rocks” was written by Elinor Glyn, author of “Three Weeks” and was directed by Sam Wood. The new Paramount Picture is the first in which Miss Swanson and Valentino appear together, and, it is predicted, will be one of the greatest film successes of the year.

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2006 – Beyond the Rocks Review

Directed by Sam Wood; written by Jack Cunningham, based on the novel by Elinor Glyn; director of photography, Alfred Gilks; music and sound by Henny Vrienten; produced by Jesse L. Lasky; originally released in 1922 by Famous Players-Lasky and Paramount Pictures; Running time: 85 minutes. This film is not rated.

WITH: Gloria Swanson (Theodora Fitzgerald), Rudolph Valentino (Lord Bracondale), Edythe Chapman (Lady Bracondale), Alec B. Francis (Captain Fitzgerald), Robert Bolder (Josiah Brown) and Gertrude Astor (Morella Winmarleigh). Sam Woods directs Swanson and Valentino, two of the biggest stars of the era, with a light touch and keen attention to the audience’s pleasure. Swanson is a poor captain’s daughter betrothed to an unattractive older man, while Valentino is a dashing aristocrat who keeps showing up just when she needs to be saved from danger. The action moves from the rocky coast of England to the Swiss Alps on its way to the Sahara, for no reason beyond the sheer exhilaration of cinematic technique. The faces of the stars glow with life, which makes you all the more grateful that this, their only film together, has come back.

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