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Ricardo Cortez: Remembering the 'Latin Lover Threat' to Rudolph Valentino & Star of Original 'The Maltese Falcon'

Ricardo Cortez biography The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez. Dan Van Neste's book covers the life and career of Paramount's “Latin Lover” threat to a recalcitrant Rudolph Valentino; one who would later portray a sly, seductive Sam Spade in the original – and highly enjoyable – film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. 'The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez': Author Dan Van Neste remembers the silent era's 'Latin Lover' & the star of the original 'The Maltese Falcon' At odds with Famous Players-Lasky after the release of the 1922 critical and box office misfire The Young Rajah, Rudolph Valentino demands a fatter weekly paycheck and more control over his movie projects. […]


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Ricardo Cortez: Remembering the 'Latin Lover Threat' to Rudolph Valentino & Star of Original 'The Maltese Falcon'



Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did you become involved in this Charles Brackett project? And what did your editorial job entail? I discovered the diaries about six years ago when I was asked by Brackett's grandson, Jim Moore, to place a financial value on them during the process of his donating them to the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was clear to me that these diaries had not […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership



Adolphe Menjou Movies: Old Hollywood's Low-Grade Urbane Charmer

Adolphe Menjou: 'Debonair' style on screen, boorish right-wing politics off screen. Adolphe Menjou movies today: Actor was known for 'suave' characterizations on-screen and boorish right-wing politics off-screen Despite countless stories to the contrary, numerous silent film performers managed to survive the coming of sound. Yet Adolphe Menjou, the embodiment of Hollywood's low-grade urbanity and worldliness, is a special case in that he not only remained a forty-something leading man in the early sound era (The Front Page, The Great Lover), but also smoothly made the transition to top supporting player in mid-decade, a position he would hold for the next quarter of a century. Menjou is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Day today, Aug. 3, as part of TCM's […]


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Adolphe Menjou Movies: Old Hollywood's Low-Grade Urbane Charmer