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Rudolph Valentino: Articles


'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste

“Latin Lover” Ricardo Cortez, who went on to play a series of all-American scoundrels and criminals, in addition to similar unsavory types of other nationalities. Although never as big a star as fellow silent era screen heartthrobs Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, and John Gilbert – or fellow Pre-Code era antiheroes […]


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'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste



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 – […]


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



'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Blockbuster Among Best Movies of 1920s

Alice Terry and Rudolph Valentino in 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.' 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Rex Ingram's blockbuster – one of the best movies of 1921 BEST FILM The Affairs of Anatol The Conquering Power The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Nobody   BEST DIRECTOR Cecil B. […]


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'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Blockbuster Among Best Movies of 1920s



Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino

Gabriel Garko (photo) will play Rudolph Valentino (a.k.a. Rodolfo Valentino in places like Italy and Brazil) in a two-part Italian TV movie. To be directed by Alessio Inturri for Mediaset, the Valentino project is reportedly to be filmed this year in both Italy and the United States. Gabriel Garko, who'll […]


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Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino



Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino & Pearl White: Niles Essanay

You want action? Movie-movie action? Then forget The Avengers, which opens in the US on May 4. The following day, head instead to the Niles Essanay Film Museum in the northern Californian town of Fremont, where they'll be screening two action-packed flicks: Laughing at Danger and “The Tragic Plunge,” episode […]


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Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino & Pearl White: Niles Essanay



Arabs in Hollywood Movies on TCM

Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres in George Melford's The Sheik Long before they became Hollywood's favorite terrorists, Arabs were generally portrayed as lusty, uncouth, infantile beings in myriad Hollywood movies. Turner Classic Movies returns this month with their annual “Race & Hollywood” film series. The “race” this time around: Arabs. Frank […]


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Arabs in Hollywood Movies on TCM



'Blood and Sand': Rudolph Valentino Doomed Matador

Blood and Sand with Rudolph Valentino and Nita Naldi Bullfighting has never appealed to me, so I approached Fred Niblo's Blood and Sand with caution. Now that I've seen it, I am relieved that there was no actual footage of this hideous blood sport. Niblo's film version of Vicente Blasco […]


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'Blood and Sand': Rudolph Valentino Doomed Matador



Rudolph Valentino Movies: Latin Lover 'Blood and Sand' at Hollywood Heritage Museum

Rudolph Valentino Movies: 'Blood and Sand,' starring Hollywood's foremost Latin Lover, at the Hollywood Heritage Museum (image: Rudolph Valentino in 'Blood and Sand') The Hollywood Heritage Museum will celebrate the birthday of silent movie icon and Latin Lover emeritus Rudolph Valentino on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The event will include […]


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Rudolph Valentino Movies: Latin Lover 'Blood and Sand' at Hollywood Heritage Museum



Rex Ingram: 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,' 'The Magician'

Rex Ingram directing Scaramouche (top); Henri Matisse, Rex Ingram (middle); Rex Ingram, the actor-director, with off-screen girlfriend Rosita Garcia in Baroud (bottom) Rex Ingram Part I In Beyond Paradise, I wrote that “Ingram's unquestionable talent was matched only by his arrogance, fiery temperament, and lack of respect for authority.” Indeed, […]


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Rex Ingram: 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,' 'The Magician'



Rex Ingram Remembered: Launched Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro

Rex Ingram; Barbara La Marr and Ramon Novarro in Trifling Women (bottom) St. Patrick's Day always reminds me of silent era filmmaker Rex Ingram, among whose silent era efforts are The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Prisoner of Zenda, Scaramouche, Mare Nostrum, The Magician, and The Garden of Allah, […]


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Rex Ingram Remembered: Launched Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro



Rudolph Valentino 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' Screening

Star Rudolph Valentino (foreground, left), extra and future star Ramon Novarro (third from the right), and Rose Dione holding the French tricolor in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (click on the photo to enlarge it) Directed by Rex Ingram, and starring Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry, the silent era […]


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Rudolph Valentino 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' Screening



Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter

In 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 […]


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Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter



Topeka Movies: Rudolph Valentino & John Gilbert at Kansas Silent Film Festival

The 13th annual Kansas Silent Film Festival (KSFF) will be held on Feb. 27 and 28, 2009, at the White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka, Kansas. Sponsored by Washburn, admission is free. This year's KSFF highlight is the American premiere of the restored 1926 swashbuckler Bardelys […]


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Topeka Movies: Rudolph Valentino & John Gilbert at Kansas Silent Film Festival



Buster Keaton & 'Sunrise': San Francisco Silent Film Festival + Lost Pola Negri Film Found

Martha Mattox, Laura La Plante in The Cat and the Canary (top); Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (bottom) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival will present a special series of screenings on Valentine's Day, Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Castro Theatre. The screening films are the Buster Keaton vehicle Our […]


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Buster Keaton & 'Sunrise': San Francisco Silent Film Festival + Lost Pola Negri Film Found



Rudolph Valentino: Q&A with Valentino Site Creator Donna Hill

Rudolph Valentino romances Alice Terry in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, one of the biggest box office hits of the silent era. Eighty-six years after its original release, Rex Ingram's epic melodrama still impresses for its scope and the director's visual flair.   At the website Falcon Lair, Donna […]


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Rudolph Valentino: Q&A with Valentino Site Creator Donna Hill



Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service in the early 1950s   Scores Turn Out to Remember Silent Film Idol It was standing room only yesterday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Cathedral Mausoleum where around 200 mourners gathered to memorialize silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino on the 81st anniversary of his death. On August […]


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Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service



Pioneer Female Movie Producer June Mathis: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger

June Mathis / © Allan Ellenberger Collection June Mathis. The name means nothing to most of today's filmgoers and to the vast majority of self-proclaimed film historians. Yet, nearly nine decades ago June Mathis was, next to Mary Pickford, one of the two most powerful women in Hollywood. “She fairly […]


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Pioneer Female Movie Producer June Mathis: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger



Valentino: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger

Rudolph Valentino death, funeral, and legacy discussed in new book: The Valentino Mystique Allan R. Ellenberger's meticulously researched The Valentino Mystique: The Death and Afterlife of the Silent Film Idol (McFarland & Company) describes in great detail the circumstances surrounding Rudolph Valentino's death and funeral in 1926. The star of […]


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Valentino: Q&A with Author Allan Ellenberger



Rudolph Valentino Movies: From 'Delicious Little Devil' to 'The Four Horsemen' Stardom

Rudolph Valentino profile by James Steffen on TCM: “The breakthrough film for Valentino was Rex Ingram's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921). The World War I melodrama, based on the bestselling novel by Vicente Blasco-Ibanez, was a pet project of June Mathis, a screenwriter at Metro Pictures. Mathis lobbied […]


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Rudolph Valentino Movies: From 'Delicious Little Devil' to 'The Four Horsemen' Stardom



Falcon Lair: Rudolph Valentino House for Sale

Future Falcon Lair owner Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in 'Beyond the Rocks.' TheStreet.com reports that Rudolph Valentino's mansion, Falcon Lair, located in the hills above Benedict Canyon overlooking Beverly Hills, is up for sale – for those who can shell out US$7.95 million. Valentino, the star of The Four […]


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Falcon Lair: Rudolph Valentino House for Sale



Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino: 1920s 'Lost Film' 'Beyond the Rocks' Screening

Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino: 'Lost' 1920s movie 'Beyond the Rock's Los Angeles screening Starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, the long thought lost 1922 movie Beyond the Rocks will be the second presentation in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Lost and Found” film series. This romantic […]


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Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino: 1920s 'Lost Film' 'Beyond the Rocks' Screening