Mrs. Edward Franklin White, Deputy Attorney General of Indiana, in an informal opinion expressed the belief that the latest marriage ceremony of Rudolph Valentino and Winifred Hudnut at Crown Point, Indiana last week was illegal. The Indiana law, according to Mrs. White, provides that the woman be a resident of the county in which the marriage license be granted.
Rudolph Valentino and his dancing partner during the Mineralava Tour kindly spurred an offer of Louisiana officials to marry there. The Sheik and his dancing partner left New Orleans for Montgomery, Alabama ignoring the elaborate wedding plans prepared for them by interested parties. Dominick Tortorich, who stage-managed their appearance here at the concert hall last night was said to have arranged for a clergyman and witnesses. Attorney General Coco informed promoters of the project that if the marriage was performed it would be “legal beyond doubt”. But the Sheik and his soon to be again wife sped out of town in their specially appointed Pullman Car and matrimonial plight still unresolved.
In 1950, Gloria Swanson, a former costar of Rudolph Valentino starred in the academy award nominated movie titled Sunset Boulevard about a faded silent film legend named Norma Desmond. Throughout the movie there are several scenes that refer to Valentino. The first is her 1929 Italian luxury automobile an Isotta-Fraschini 8A, for $28,000. This car symbolized luxury and elegance in the Silent Film world and Norma (Gloria) said this was the same type of car Valentino owned. The car used in Sunset Boulevard is now displayed in Museo Nazionale dell ‘Automobile in Turin.
The second is Norma and Joe (William Holden) dance the tango together. To shoot the tango, cinematographer John Seitz used a device called a Dance Dolly, which amounted to a sort of moveable platform on wheels. Nothing special there. But when you learn that Seitz first introduced the technique to shoot Valentino dancing the tango in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, you might be more than a little impressed.
“Valentino said there’s nothing like tile for a tango!” — Norma Desmond to Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (1950)…
Research shows there is nothing that truly says Valentino preferred tile to tango. In 1922, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino did dance the tango together in the silent film “Beyond the Rocks”. So I would like to believe Valentino did prefer tile to tango on.
In 1921, Rudolph Valentino was listed in the L.A. City Directory Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. phone number h7139.
In 1924 Rudolph Valentino was listed in the L.A. City Directory as a photo player, Wedgewood Place, Los Angeles, Ca. Phone number h6776.