Posts Tagged With: Rudolph Valentino

13 Feb 1923 – New Hopes

Having finally despaired of getting Griffith to direct “Ben Hur” the Goldwyn Company has given the big job to Marshall Neilan.  They hope to have Valentino to appear as Ben Hur.

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1922 – There is still hope..

You know that every extra comprising that large mob hopes some day to attract the attention of the director and as in a fairy tale, win fame and wealth as a Valentino or in the case of many older men a Theodore Roberts.  So, it goes, once in a while, as in the instance of Valentino himself, one of them does step out from the ranks.  And that isolated instance feeds the hopes in the thousands of starved breasts. Extras seem to us symbolic of the human race, so hopeful, so brave in their individual ways, so utterly futile generally so full of dreams of the day their opportunity will come.

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1923 – Valentino Literary Hero

Valentino is more than the idol of the hour.  He is a thinker who has the courage of his own convictions.  He has recently written for the Rookman, a literary feat heretofore, unachieved by a cinema artist.

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Jan 1923 – Good Luck Usually Makes The Star

No matter how talented a player is, it takes a little luck to bring big success to the door. Under favorable circumstances it is remarkable with what speed a hitherto obscure performer can be elevated to the top of the ladder.  One of the amazing peculiarities of the flicker world is that it takes only one successful production to raise a camera actor or actress from the lowest rungs of the ladder to the brightest heights. And once on the top it takes a long series of poor vehicles to shake em’ off the perch.  Look into the movie hall of records and what do we find?  Valentino, best example of all, played in several pictures without getting a ripple of interest, then suddenly had the break of luck to get in “The Four Horsemen” and become a sensation overnight.  Betty Compton, Pola Negri, Nita Naldi, May McAloy.  Many of the players have never lived up to the promise they gave in the photoplay which put them over the top, but they continue to reap the benefit of their ten-strike, nevertheless, verify there are many players being buffeted about from studio to studio grasping eagerly at small parts, who have the potentialities of being as great favourites as those now at the top if they could only make the connection with that big part in the right production.

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Jan 1924 – A Poet

Rudolph Valentino, the cinema actor, is a poet. He. is publishing a collection of short poems in a volume entitled ‘Day Dreams.’ If Valentino’s verses are as ‘soulful’ as he endeavours to mmake his acting at timcis, his feminine admirers will experience further emotional thrills.

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1952 – Adolph Zukor on Valentino

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22 Jan 1926 – Freedom

Winifred Valentino has been granted a divorce from Rudolph Valentino. Crowds of girls fare-welled Rudolph Valentino the film actor. He had difficulty in making his way to his train. He declared he was upset by his wife’s divorce proceedings but was necessary for him to return to Hollywood. He had received thousands of letters from girls anxious in making his acquaintance, and in addition, many from titled women. It became necessary to veil his movements and he was often obliged to remain indoor.s

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