The article in this blog post was recently sent to me by the son of Juan Duval.
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It’s a tough life they lead—these men motion picture stars. But up until now they haven’t had to worry over the feminine problem of elaborate coiffures—and hairdressers. Rudolph Valentino, however, is having even this added to his list of troubles. For in ‘‘Blood and Sand,” his next Paramount picture, he plays the part of a Spanish full-fighter and all bull-fighters wear a “pigtail” that is at once the pride and bane of their existence. So every morning at the Lasky studio finds Valentino submitting to the ministrations of Hattie, the hairdresser who has been responsible for the coiffures of such noted screen beauties as Gloria Swanson, Betty Compson, Bebe Daniels, Agnes Ayres, et. al. Of course, the star had to let his hair grow very long in order to make the braid possible. Also, bullfighters have long, luxuriant sideburns and more proving that it’s a great life —this being a motion picture star.
Chuletas? Yep Rudolph Valentino’s got em. There not a new variety of smallpox or anything contagious. However, just very fancy sideburns that are a feature of the stars get-up as the bull-fight hero of “Blood and Sand”. They’re super-sideburns one might say, swooping almost half an inch below the bottom of the ear, They are a sign distinguishing the champion matador from the less notable of the bull-fighting clan. For where a banderilla or a picador is allowed sideburns that slip gingerly halfway down to the ear it is the matador alone who may indulge in the luxury of a hirasute adornment covering a good portion of each side of the face. While they are a valuable and finishing touch-up to his makeup as the main character. Valentino is not in favor of “chuletas” as a regular thing. His favorite safety is all set to do telling damage when the end of the picture allows a return to the normalcy of a clean shave
Rudolph Valentino fans are up in arms at the proposal to convert his films into talkies. The proposal was made by M. Paul Roger a Paris acoustic expert, who plans to take “Blood and Sand” and fit the living voice to the lip movements of the dead star. He says this would create the illusion that Valentino was speaking. Admirers, however, who still number millions are determined to prevent what they describe as sacrilege and an insult to his memory. They could not endure al alien voice masquerading as part of his magnetic personality.