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Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter

Anthony Dexter in ValentinoIn his blog, Allan Ellenberger speaks with Marsha Hunt about Anthony Dexter, who played Rudolph Valentino in the 1951 biopic Valentino (right), and with whom Hunt co-starred in a stage production of The King and I.

Here are a couple of quotes:

“Of course I remember Valentino. By the age of eight I had already seen The Sheik and his films with Vilma Banky. Valentino smoldered, didn't he? That was fine with me. I got his message loud and clear, even at a young age.”

“One of the first things that struck me about Tony Dexter was - and I don't mean that it was obtrusive - but he didn't have an ego. And I was amazed during rehearsals, this Anthony Dexter, who had played Valentino; larger than life, you know, macho man dramatic hero of all womanhood, didn't seem to have an ego.”

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Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Alice Terry, Valentino's co-star in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (above) and The Conquering Power, sued Columbia Pictures for $750,000 on the grounds that the studio's Valentino showed a character representing her (played by Eleanor Parker as a sort of Alice Terry-Mae Murray combo) having an affair with Valentino both before and after her marriage to Rex Ingram, the director of the two Valentino-Terry efforts and with whom Terry remained married until his death in 1950. She won a six-figure out-of-court settlement.

Following Valentino, Anthony Dexter – who bore an uncanny resemblance to the silent film idol – made a few B films in the 1950s (The Brigand, Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl, Five Maidens from Outer Space), but was unable to sustain his film career. He died in 2001 at the age of 88.

Marsha Hunt, who'll turn 92 next Oct. 17, lives in the Los Angeles area.

         
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10 Comments to Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter

  1. jessie luce

    moe,

    my son got me a framed poster of the movie Valentino for christmas. i really do love it. to those looking for anthony dexter movies, just keep looking.they are out there on Anthony Dexter web sites. jessie

  2. moe
  3. moe

    Dear Jess,
    PLz lets keep in contact .. so we can chat on AD. here is mine thanX

  4. jessie

    Dear Moe,

    No, but I hope to get as many as I can. So glad to be able to hear from some one who feels as I do about Anthony Dexter.

    thanks,

    Jessie

  5. moe

    Dear Jessie

    i can well understand what a great impression he left on you ( I feel the same ) Do u have the other movies he was starring ? thanks

  6. jessie luce

    I saw the origanal Valentino movie in 1951 and fell in love with Anthony Dexter as a 14 year old teen age girl. He was the best tango dancer ever. I'm 73 now and lucky to have that movie and the Brigand. I watch them all the time.

  7. Andre

    Sorry, but all I can suggest are online searches.
    Some online stores specialize in hard-to-find videos and DVDs.
    Good luck!

  8. moe

    Sorry i ment to say ANTHONY DEXTER was FASCINATING !!!!!!!

  9. moe

    Hi, Saw once “VALENTINO” played by DEXTER and was fascinated. His TANGO dance doesnt leave me. I wish to get ALLhis other movies ( B or else ) can you help ? thanks

  10. oliver

    oh my god the guy really looks live valentino.
    its incredible