Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson in “Beyond the Rocks” (1922)
“Beyond the Rocks” was long considered lost but in 2000 the Netherlands Film Museum inherited the collection of the 87-year-old Joop Van Liempd, which consisted of 2000 cans of film. It was almost three years before the entire six reels of the was discovered. The film was restored and screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. It was released on DVD by Milestone Film & Video in 2006.
Rudolph Valentino publicity photos for Beyond the Rocks (1922)
Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino publicity photos for Beyond the Rocks (1922)
Rudolph Valentino and Beatriz Dominguez in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Rudolph Valentino with some adoring young fans in Chicago, July 1926.
Rudolph Valentino aboard the S.S. Leviathan, November 1924.
Valentino caused a frenzy when he returned from Europe with a beard. The following announcement was issued by the Associated Master Barbers: “Our members are pledged not to attend a showing of Rudolph Valentino’s photoplays as long as he remains bewhiskered.” There was fear that the ‘male population of America is very likely to be guided by Valentino to the extent of making whiskers fashionable again,” and that “such a fashion would not only work harmful injury to barbers, but would so utterly deface America, as to make Americans difficult to distinguish from Russians.” Because of the public outcry and pressure, Valentino shaved off his beard.
Rudolph Valentino and Nita Naldi in “Cobra” (1925)
Rudolph Valentino with Congressman Fiorello LaGuardia (left) and Frank Mennillo (right) at a marathon in New York, 1925.
arrived in New York from Italy in 1913 he was taken under the wing by Frank Mennillo. Frank acted as his “Padrino” (Godfather), accepting responsibility for his welfare. Frank was a successful Italian businessman and old family friend who made his fortune importing Italian goods,namely olives which earned him the title the “Olive King.”
Fiorello LaGuardia became the 99th Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1945. Olympic runner Ville Ritola is in the last photo.
Rudolph Valentino in “A Sainted Devil” (1924)