Posts Tagged With: Rudolph Valentino

Hot Well Springs Hotel, San Antonio, TX



In centuries past, the rich and famous most were hypochondriac’s spent their time visiting fashionable health resorts. These resorts all lavishly appointed featuring the latest in modern health cures. These spas were a guaranteed successful money making venture as long as they remained au current amongst those who could afford to visit.  In 1892, a sulfur artesian spring, was founded on a lot owned by the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum, located on the San Antonio River.  The newly discovered water was unusually warm. containing high levels of sulfur and other undefined minerals. In 1893, prosperous businessman and developer McClellan Shacklett, bought a 10 acre area near the well water site to build his luxury spa.  The inspiration came from a resort at Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The tree lined entrance to the property featured a circular drive with a large 4 tiered fountain in the front an artificial lake with pleasant walkways with the idea of being enclosed in a therapeutic nirvana. There were streetcars available for the hotel guests to ferry to and from the train station.  Advertisements were placed in local and international newspapers praising the therapeutic benefits of the water and the luxurious peaceful surroundings.  In 1894, the hotel’s grand opening was a monumental success. Later in the year, there were two fires on the property causing substantial loss. In 1895, McClellen Shacklett sold the hotel to the Texas Hot Sulphur Water Sanitarium Co. The new owners expanded the hotel to over 80 rooms with the latest in modern amenities hot and cold water, electric and gas lighting and telephones.  There were 3 swimming pools one for ladies, gentlemen and their families. Hotel activities included tennis, croquet, bowling, horseback riding, concerts, social dances, lectures, garden teas, dominoes, and gambling.  The hotel’s luxury was a magnet for the rich and famous of their day, railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman had a rail spur built to the hotel’s grounds for his own private train cars.  Silent film stars Rudolph Valentino stayed at the hotel more than once, Tom Mix, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr, Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplain, film director Cecil B. DeMille, Sarah Bernhardt, Will Rogers, future president Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders all visited the hotel during its heyday.
There is no archived copies of the hotel’s guest books in existence. The San Antonio Express Newspaper is the only known source to determine what famous hotel guests stayed on the property.
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28 Jun 1931 – The Case of Why Rich Women Prefer to Divorce in Paris

This writer is going to use the divorce case of Winifred Hudnut/Natacha Rambova versus Rudolph Valentino as an example of why women prefer to divorce in Paris. So we know that Winifred/Natacha was granted a divorce in Paris simply on the fact Valentino wrote a letter to her that he definitely and purposely left her and decided to cease all relations with her. Thus she was “grossly insulted”. But lets not forget Winifred got her knickers in a twist when she was no longer Valentino’s de facto manager and barred from movie studios. Hudnut and Valentino journeyed to Paris and it was no secret they were planning to divorce. The ruling of the Seine trial was Hudnut was entitled to all of the rights of as an American because her marriage was in Crowne Point, Indiana and “gross insult” was grounds for divorce. Most French writers contend there are three grounds for divorce under French Civil Code. Grounds for divorce are innumerable: Article 229 A husband may divorce his wife on the basis of her infidelity.Article 230 A wife may divorce her husband on the basis of his infidelity. Article 231 Both spouses may reciprocally divorce each other on the basis for violence, cruelty, or gross insults.Article 232 The condemnation of one of the spouses to a corporal punishment shall be another cause for divorce. Although no local difference is suppose to exist, so as far as husband and wife are concerned French authorities contend that in the case of an indiscretion the courts always seem to look with more indulgence upon the false step of the husband than of the wife.

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21 Nov 1924 Valentino In Dramatic Role

Dayton patrons of the Colonial Theater ought to feel very proud to know they
have been the first in the middle west to see ‘Rudolph Valentino’ newest
photoplay, “A Sainted Devil”. Even New York City has not had a chance to see
this photoplay, which, by the way, is one of the most interesting this idol
of the screen has yet made.  This is a South American picture of contrasts the
hacienda life of the Argentine contrasted with the smart social set of
Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South Americas. This picture has fire and dash with
the added charm of Valentino.
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29 Sep 1921 – Girls Had you heard? Camille has bobbed her hair

“Camille” brought up to date as the advertisements read, opened at the
Ziegfeld yesterday. It is a modern bobbed haired version of Dumas’ story,
and in my opinion in the shearing and remodeling  project has not proven
successful. You know, I don’t think you can ever make over stories like
“Camille”. You  can’t bring them up to date. You can’t transpose the coach
and four indelibly engraved upon a memory into a modern six cylinder motor car
on an black and white taxi, and get away with it. We’re not so bloody up to
date that we’re going to have our Juliet’s served to us in knickerbockers or our
Romeo’s in ‘pinch black’ coats and russet oxford. At least, I don’t believe
we are , no matter what beautiful photography or expensive settings do their
best to enhance to so-called versions of famous favorites.  Nazimova’s “Camille”
is not sincere. She does some fine acting but she is always acting. The ear you
long to shed for Dumas’ heroine of sin and sacrifice stays right in the
corner where it was before you start to view the picture.  Rudolph Valentino as
“Armand” is by all means the best bet in the film. After having witnessed
his work in “The Four Horsemen” however, it is difficult to enthuse over him as
the lover of “the lady of the Camille’s”. The production is the most
magnificent staged.  I shall be vulgar and say that producers certainly blew
themselves on the settings. They are sumptuous and exotic.  Nazimova’s
get-up is bizarre and striking.
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13 Nov 1923

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6 Sep 1925 – Rudolph Valentino Injured by Horse

Rudolph Valentino silent film actor, was scratched and bruised at Lankershim near
here today, when he was dragged some distance by a galloping horse.  The scene
in which Valentino was making for the screen required him to halt a running horse.
He grabbed the animal by the bridle, but the horse entering into the spirit of the act,
kept going bumping the actor along the road but doing no serious damage.
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“I think that it would fascinate me to live in such a place, I have very steady nerves or even an imagination that needs such stimulation, but I have always felt strongly akin and at home in places of this kind. I am not afraid of the dead or of ghosts, the whole store and lore of grizzly fears that have shaken the human race at thought, or apprehension of meeting with the dead, is quite foreign to me, I am not afraid of anything pertaining to the life beyond.” And it isn’t because I don’t believe in it it is because I do, I BELIEVE IN THE SUPERNATURAL I don’t believe there is anything I would or could be afraid of. It seems to me we have more cause to be afraid of the living than of those that have gone on shaking off as they go, the lusts and cruelties of the body. What the average man calls death I believe to be merely the beginning of life itself we simply live beyond the shell. We emerge from out of its narrow confines like a chrysalis. Why call it death or, if we give it the name death why surround it with dark fears and sick imaginings?”

My Private Diary’ by Rudolph Valentino 1929

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“Before leaving London Valentino went into the Wykham Studio in Victoria Street to have a passport photograph taken when he gave his name, the assistant exclaimed, ‘Oh! My God’, to which remark Valentino replied ‘No not a God, only a mortal’–Rudolph Valentino

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22 Aug 1925 – Rudolph Valentino Changes Sports to Keep Up Interest

Rudolph Valentino gets up at five o’clock and his himself to the beach for a swim before going to work in “The Eagle” which Clarence Brown is directing. When he was making “Cobra” he used to get up at the same hour and box or ride horseback.  Rudy changes his sports and hobbies regularly and thus keeps a fresh interest.

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1 Jul 1921 Screen Scribbles

Speaking of screen premiers in Los Angeles, the opening performance of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” was an affair of importance. All the principal players from the cast were there, including Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Derek Ghent and Virginia Warwick. The tango was to have been danced by Rudolph Valentino and Beatriz Dominguez who played the Argentinian dancer in the picture, but she, poor girl, passed away following an operation for appendicitis a few days before the picture was shown. The presentation was somewhat marred by the introductory remarks of a gentleman from Brazil, who although an American, had a limited vocabulary, and a distressing originality of pronunciation. “My friends” he began, “we are about to witness the great dramatically spectacular “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” the –“business of consulting the program) the Apoc-al-ypse–..A titter from the audience checked him and he tried it again. After the roar of laughter had subsided he let the matter of pronunciation go hang, and contented himself with referring to the feature as the greatest “dramatically spectacular”.


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5 Jul 1938 – Beulah Livingstone

According to Beulah Livingstone, who writes publicity for a company sponsoring the revival of “Son of the Sheik” the name of Rudolph Valentino will remain a magic one as long as romance flourishes on the movie screen.  “It was the late Valentino”, declares Miss Livingstone “who set the hears of the nation thumping wildly with his forthright technique of love-making, and his rugged he-man characterizations set another precedent in screen acting. Those who remember and love him for his screen contributions, as well as the newer generation who have never had the opportunity to see the great idol of filmdom, will be happy to learn that his last and greatest picture has been booked for local presentation.  We have known Beulah Livingstone since back in the good old silent days, when we were young and innocent and the brain-storms that flowed so profusely from her sturdy typewriter were eagerly accepted and passed on without blue penciling to our readers. But a lot of water has shot over the Chaudière since “Son of the Sheik” was produced and released to a clamoring public, and we confess that Beulah’s effusive if well-turned, phrases anent the current revival of Rudolph Valentino productions from the dimly-passed silent days leaves us as cold as one early morning last winter when the radiator on the old bus froze stiff and we bravely ventured forth to walk the two miles to our office. For the information of those who might be interested, and just to keep the record clear, we might add that the rejuvenated “Son of the Sheik” contains sound effects and a newly arranged musical score. Acting, directing, technical effects, and camera work have come a long way, however, from the days when every other girl of teen-age sent in a quarter for her idol’s photograph and mounted it on the boudoir table.

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