Posts Tagged With: Death of Rudolph Valentino
That last sad journey of Rudolph Valentino across the continent increased my respect for the human heart of the American public. Crowds don’t wait patiently in the rain at four o’clock in the morning out of idle curiosity. The roots of such action strike deeper than that. All the way, from New York City to Los Angeles, the throngs that assembled for a glimpse of the funeral train paid their one greatest tribute to his memory – the tribute of silence. Somewhere on the prairies of Iowa as the dawn which “Rudy” was leaving behind forever began to grey the east, the train paused for a moment on a tiny hamlet. An elderly woman rushed up and thrust a bouquet of flowers into the hands of the porter. “For him” she expolained and then the train was on its way. Reverence not curiosity, does things like that.
Last week’s pilgrimage by 1000 devoted fans to the crypt of the late Rudolph Valentino, on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of this death, will indicate how firmly intrenched a great actor can become in the hearts of his admirers. He is still fondly remembered by thousands, not merely residents of Hollywood but by great numbers in far-flung parts of the world. Each year, when the day of the star’s death comes, hundreds visit his resting place in a lovely corner of the Cathedral mausoleum at Hollywood Cemetery. This year’s group of worshippers was the largest. Fans remembered that Valentino’s favorite flower was the red rose, and the offerings which banked his crypt on his death anniversary were predominantly of this bloom. Worshipers who never forget, year after year, include his first wife Jean Acker; his brother, Alberto Valentino, Mrs. Emma Leutgeb and Mrs. Fanny Lichtenfeld. Mrs. Leutgeb living in Salzburg, Austria and Mrs. Lichtenfeld living in Richmond, Virginia annual send the cemetery money for bouquets of red roses. Faithful memorial groups which also sent flowers were the British Valentino Memorial Guild and the Chicago Valentino Memorial Club.
All right sue me! is the catchword with which members of the scenario department at Lasky Studios greet each other nowadays! Plagarism suits have become such an expense item on move budget books that many companies send back all orginial manuscripts unopened. After a picture is released the producers are flooded with letters typewritten on business stationery, scrawled with a pencil on cheap lined paper penned in violet ink and scented with Night of Love perfume, but one and all declaring “you’ve stolen my movie plot”. Each case that is taken to court costs the studio about fifteen hundrend dollars in lawyers fees and wastes several weeks of valuable time, though complaining authors seldom win their cases. the damages asked vary. A shoe clerk who sent in a story about young love and has afterward seen a picture of young love on the screen may deman five thousand dollars but he is usually willing to settle for a couple of hundred out of court. Scenario editor Edward Montaigne has handled tons of scripts submitted by amateur writers, each of who claims to have a new idea. He is a married man, everyone who meets him wants to tell a plot. Sometimes he admits astonishing ideas are presented to him. For example, there is a spiritualist who is in constant communication with Rudolph Valentino. In the spirit world she writes Rudie has met Edith Cavell, who insists that he must make one more picture on earth. For a consideration, she will sell Valentino’s services to Universal Studio to write and direct a movie.
Following the death of beloved Rudolph Valentino this department received an avalanche of letters expressing the deal and sincere sorrow of the movie fans. The letters following Valentino’s death received during August outnumbered thhoe on any other topic.
While Rudolph Valentino lived he had some business differences with the producers which resulted in temporary banishment from the silver screen. this you recall, was the time he toured the country, on a dance contest with ex-wife Natasha Rambova and sponsored by Mineralava. Latin lovers had been made the last word in romance through the Valentio vogue.What then, could be more simple thant to dig up a similar type and through the power of publicity create his successor. That’s how they figured it and that is how Ramon Navarro made his debut. Of course, Ramon carved a little kingdom of his own which still endures. But he never took Rudy’s place and nor did anyone else. Wisely enough, the producers have quit and attempt to fill it. With Valentino the passion of the fans burned so brightly that his passing was the direct cause of an entirely different sort of hero being evolved. With increasingly few exceptions, the day of the languishing lothario has passed. Perhaps Pola Negri’s flame burned brighest about the time Rudy’s star was in the ascendent. Now it seems Pola is through.
I would like to express my regret that so many people over use and abuse the name of the late Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino. If a person happens to have his hair exceedingly well-combed he is called a Valentino. If they can register certain expressions with their eyes awkward and ungainly though they maybe hailed as a Valentino. If an individual who looks more like an ogre than a human being happens to be in sight, for the sale of a laugh and of being called funny someone who thinks himself witty dubs him a Valentino. In my opinion, this is so wrong on many levels because since our gallant Rudolph is now dead, his memory should be held in respect and his name instead of being used foolishly and nonsensically, should be respected and revered.
G.B.Z. Manilla Phillipines
On 23 August 21, 8:30 pm (EST), Mourning Rudolph Valentino will be a free presentation in Eventbrite. There are still tickets available. This discussion is about mourners of Valentino past and present. I hope you will consider attending.
For Patreon Supporters – during the months July to September, we are going to talk about the events leading up to including the death of Rudolph Valentino. On 23 Aug 2021, there will be a free virtual event on Eventbrite “Mourning Valentino”. This event will discuss how the fans then and now feel about the death of Valentino. Also, there will be a forthcoming book on Rudolph Valentino with the same title.
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Join me 23 Aug 2021 on Eventbrite for a free virtual discussion on “Mourning Valentino”.
On this day, it was 95 years ago, Rudolph Valentino died. The world mourned a young talented man gone too soon. His fans have never forgotten him. Let’s delve into why he meant so much to people then and now.