During the presentation of “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at the Lyric Theater last week, many Stocktonlans recalled they had seen Valentino, who played the part of Julio, some place, some time. Mr. Valentino made a tremendous hit in “The Four Horsemen” and. according to Stocktonians who have verified their recollections. he danced at Tail’s in San Francisco about eight years ago. Following his successful engagement at Tail’s Cafe he joined Mrs. Irene Castle as a dancing partner, and it was while with her company that he developed those abilities which he expresses in part to distinguish his portrayal of the life of Julio. After a highly successful week at the Lyric, Theater “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” closed last evening.
Gerardo Cetrulo, 89 world fencing champion who lived at 556 Clifton Ave, died Sunday at Clara Mass Memorial Hospital. “Fencing whets the minds appetite” he said, at the age of 73 when he agreed to teach the sport at the Boys Club of Newark, New Jersey. “It develops alert mental faculties and stars a youngster on the road to clear thinking. A youngster who has his wits about him is not apt to get into any mischief”. Mr. Cetrulo came from Caposele, Italy to New Jersey before the turn of the century and was introduced to the sport that was to dominate his life thereafter. A colorful figure, Mr. Centrulo was the center of many controversies among fans of the sport. His sharpest rivalries were those with Don Generos Pavese, his former teacher and Gus Troxier. Mr. Cetrulo helped Rudolph Valentino get a start on his film career. Valentino studied fencing in Newark under Mr. Cetrulo who introduced him to D.W. Griffith, movie mogul who was then working at movie studios in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. After reaching stardom Valentino always returned to Mr. Cetrulo for fencing lessons before a new picture. Mr. Cetrulo was a former fencing instruction at Barringer High School. In 1929, he won the collegiate fencing championship, New York Athletic Club. Mr. Cetrulos 8 children were all fencers. Two of them, Dean a teacher in Parasnippay, Dr. Gerald Cetrulo were members of the American Olympic Team at different times. Mr. Cetrulo’s 3 daughters were also accomplished fencers.
At 1735 yesterday, a tall slim stooping figure in a turned down college boy hat slipped out of the rear door of the Harbor Sanitarium, 667 Madison Ave. The figure held an animated conversation in the alley with a person who later turned out to be his valet. Then the figure darted nervously into a 15 and 5 taxicab and was whisked away. Thus, Barclay Warburton Jr, host to Rudolph Valentino at that mysterious party, leave the sanitarium where he underwent an operation only a few days after that of his famous guest. Everyone at the Harbor from the superintendent to the doorman tried to keep Warburton’s departure a secret. The young society man plainly looked ill as he left. Meanwhile Broadway, astir with reports about Rudy’s illness was still wondering about the speedy retirement of his host. After giving out a statement that there was no party at his apartment 925 Park Ave a story contradicted by at least one guest apartment owner Warburton has frantically dodged questioners. Warburton’s story told immediately after Valentino was taken to the hospital, was that Rudy was taken ill at the Ambassador Hotel and not after the party at Warburton’s. Harry Richman of the cast of George White’s scandals, said Rudy, Warburton, and himself, accompanied by three women, went to Warburton’s apartment. “We had some drinks, music and dancing” Richman said, until about 1:30, when Rudy was taken violently ill and was rushed to his apartment at the Ambassador. While his death mystery deepens Rudy lay in peace yesterday in the gorgeous gold room at Campbell Funeral Home.