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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Sunday, August 19, 1951
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Valentino Death 25 Years Ago Touched Off Ghoulish Carnival M "iii" ru'MHii .r TI n im - " V i « closed (his "lithe, panther-like grace" was;the most morbid commercial, yet; tAP)--At j stilled forever. ! genuinely spontaneous carnivals'of i 23. 1926,1 Rudolph Valentino, the great film i emotion "loosed in the nation. T . .." - i --r" · **-'·'**v****'i .i*^ g,.tv-4*h ****..! ^AiivtivjLi ^uuacu iu vue naiiuii. j ·«,^f -f t w , earil 'i lover - w as dead. But he was still! His post-mortem career, which! iquia oar* eyes and'to play the starring role in o.iie of] continues to this day. is a phenom-j Radio Know-It-AU Has His Troubles, Too NEW YORK. Aug. 18. W -Being a quizmaster is a deserate profession, if you listen to some of the headaches of Comedian Phil enon fascinating to historians.! They se.e elements of mass hysteria in the tvvo weeks of public wailing;, weeping and fainting which came between his demise and the i time his clay eventually found rest ' in a Hollywood mausoleum. i The tempo of the roaring 20'sj and a widespread need to let o f f j steam has been blamed, but what-! .trol the crowd. Hawkers appeared., Corpus Christi CALLER-TIMES, Sun.. Aug. 19, 1851 11-B selling; celluloid buttons bearing | w^^^^m a\ ... . ' Valentino's likeuess. sandwiches; beneficiaries. At that time he tes- ber of housewives in vmrkw* pteew *e%te e ue. P Th C fc 11 owd ?o! ?wj!"W ttat when Valentino died, j unsuccessful mad. «Ue*. * its pressure crashed the mortu-jhe was $500,000 la debt. The hau-j tempts. A group of Wmrrtti ftaty- ary's front window, injuring a fewjd! : ng of Valentino's posthumous| boy* abandoned their b**eta co»- *^A.* n i.» '«turr?rmi t*A c»iH fn«'lltv^ in HmlrK inmAa . a va.r\Mi*a nf tK^ dkAlb'a Baker. For many years Baker has been: a star in Broadway musicals, and, in his numerous experiences as master .of ceremonies at the historic Palace Vaudeville Theater, he has exchanged quips with Jack Benny. Fred Allen and other alert professional guys with the gift of gab. But, he admits, those were easy chores compared to the problems j partment?" The disapointed and angry j lady swung her purse and cracked Baker across the head. Another problem that has troubled Baker and all question- and-answer maestros is how to handle the contestant who's not quite sure who's buried in Grant's Tomb. Delicate Problem "If I give a clue, then the hint must be very stubtl e or the listening; audience would resent it. Behe has now with his "$64 Ques-! cause every listener at home tells tion-" program on his Sunday night! himself that he could be up there NBC broadcasts where he has to j with me earning that 564." complete with guest amateurs in Jils tests for wisdom. No Genius "I'm not a genius as some of my contestants seem to think," thority on every subject f r o m ancient Tibetan culture to t h e atom bomb. One of Phil's ' most embarrassing moments in show business happened' when a young lady didn't want to answer a question because he tried to give her too Baker said, "and I'm not an au- much help. She was a young "The only reason answers to the $64 school teacher from Atlanta, Ga., who was in New York for a visit. Baker invited her to be on his I know the i program. She had won $32 and question is, frankly, because I have a card in my hand which gives me the answer during each broadcast." Sometimes his reputation for knowing everything gets him into was trying for the $64 question. And when it appeared she was stumped by the ^ final query, gallant man Baker tossed out a few clues. But the young lady from Georgia. spurning any help. did not subside as anticipated. Films Revived This year, the 25th anniversary of his death, a motion picture based on his life is making the rounds of the nation's film houses. New generations of audiences are meeting "The Sheik" as his old silent films are used for television. Valentino v.-as only 31 years old when he died of an infection following an operation. He already had passed the peak of his careei as a film star and his waning box- office popularity was worrying his studio employers. In an effort to bolster his appeal, Valentino had just completed the filming of a sequel to'his most popular film, "The! Sheik." He was Stricken during a' New York vacation. Bom Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmo Di Valentin D'Antonguolla in Castellaneta, Italy, in 1895, Valentino came COSTUME FILM-- Lauretta Luez and Errol Flynn are shown above in a scene from the film 'Kim,' showing tonight and tomorrow night at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre. (stardom, he said, resulted in build- tumes -- a replica across the countrv and 'Son nostrils and fiery glance (Adela pi-offered from all over the Rogers St. John later confided in try. His condition, at a magazine article his sultry, slit-' eyed look was occasioned by simple myopia) reached the top overnight. To read contemporary pieces about Valentino, it would seem that every women in the country was and go. then took a turn for the better. At tliis point, a New York tab- jot the Sheik' was playing to i Gets in Act desert garments -- in hi* memory. iir; that re-issues of old Valen-1 established, tino pictures in the few months! On ^ e first anniversary of tin after his death netted a couple | deathi a woman dressed in. black of million dollars for film com- ^ concealed behind a heavy veil, panics. solemnly placed * bunch of red In Hollywood, the New Y o r k j r o s e s before the crypt. scene- was repeated, with crowds,] swooning women seekers. people. The crowd filed slowly past; -L. up the estate Worth s o m e Valentino's casket irom" early i $"00.000. Figures were published Memorial societies -- aom* of morning until late at night for k|' n news stories at the time :*tat-j them, still in existence -- were solid week. Old friends, the famous fans and just plain curious passed by. A couple of oil paintings disappeared from .jthe lobby and the funeral chapel removed most of its art objects, for the duration. The casket itself was the frequent scene of emotional displays as women threw themselves across the bier, "Up to that time," Klemfuss said, "when a moAn picture person died, his pictures died with him -- no one wanted to go see a movie with a dead person in it. I'd say that the Valentino thing broke that presedent forever. '·On the way back to California. jwe stopped the train at cities all following vear a number and publicity j.. womcn in n^V showed Some time Jater a New y orj ,, up. AH the fuss was not confined Hollywood agent said the original to New York and Hollywood. A "woman in black" was a J5 extra: London actress committed suicide and instructed survivors to "take care of" Rudy's picture. A num- he hired to publicize a short movie; the subsequent imitators were on their own. jloid, no longer in existence, head- Lined a sensational story that Valentino's illness was nothing more than a publicity trick to promote in love with his celluloid^ image, j the forthcoming "Son of the Sheik." The ink was scarcely dry when Valentino took a sudden turn Older women who flocked to see his pictures invariably remarked that his boyish charm reminded them of their sons: younger women for the worse, peritonitis set In and, in a couple of days, he was to the United States at 18 with a ] a p ec i his 'sideburns and slicked certificate from a school of agri- " · ' - · *---·- J -- ·'"- culture. He had a small job as a gardener in Central Park for gazed at his proud dancer's car-: dead. riage and sighed over his face. W ithin a few hours, Valentino's Men hated him in a helpless, jeal- - - - - - ous sort of way, made fun of his love of fancy clothes, his slave bracelet, his affectations--and yet their hair down with grease. Hectic Life Meanwhile, Valentino was lead- awhile and then worked briefly on j j n g- a complicated and hectic pri- the Long Island estate of the socially-prominent Cornelius Bliss. Goes to J! lolly wood vate life. He met, he eloped to Mexico and married Natacha Ram- I bova. who had been born Wini* - o - * . , * »i_ - \^ ,,,,,! ""·-' *" ^.-"",1 '· w%. . nciVil. "VIIU I1OU UUCil U U i J l , · * * » ! trouble. The other night he was| turned from the microphone and But Valentino could dance, and f r c d shauehnessv Miss Acker i J n ,,t n ,-*4,. *v,~ *.*-,,,!.·»_ K,. ,, l o o i r l "Tf T min't- *avn tVif* mnnoV . , ., _ -. , , _ .. , ._ l l * - « »jn*.wf,i" ^ J , » . stopped outside the studios by a gigantic lady built atong the lines of Man Mountain Dean. "Mr. Baker," she asked, "when do you think the Korean War will be finished." said "If I can't earn the on my own, I don't deserve it." Baker commented that x t h e young lady from Georgia is the first one who shut him up from asking any more questions. Lovely IUANDA LEE featured vocalist with Bill Mercer. and His Music Dancing «t 8:00 nightly except Mnft ,,,,,, Sundays in the Morocco Room NO COVER CHARGE Minimum per person: H1.59 wecknirhti $2.00 Saturdays HOMf OWNED 1 * DWVf IN IHfATRlS TONIGHT MONDAY DOUBLE FEATURE ERROLFlYNN-DHHSTomtEii-Sf^ SECOND BIG HIT! Health! Comfort! Convenience! TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO THE HOME-OWNED 'DRIVE-IN THEATRES WHERE THE GROUNDS ARE SPRAYED REGULARLY BY EXPERTS... PEST FOG, Inc. TONIGHT MOiVBAY TWO BIG HITS! he soon abandoned the soil to be-j c a u g e ( j Valentino to be arrested on come the partner of fairly well- known dancers TJonnie Glass and Joan Sawyer. From dancing, he worked his way into the theatre bigamy charges--later dropped. This second marriage, too, went on the rocks, terminated by a Paris divorce. and thence to Hollywood after a j Meanwhile, the manvcalled "the road company had become stranded in San Francisco. His star began to rise through an acquaintance with Scenario writer June Mathis who persuaded Director Rex Ingram to cast him in "The Four Horsemen of the first of the nation's auxiliary lovers," and the -"archlover," continued to make successful, highly romantic films. He was the strong shiek galloping across the desert with a lovely captive slung across the saddle; he was the sleek bull Apocalypse." The slight young Lat. j tj( , nter o f "Blood and Sand," the in with the immobile face, ftaring j guave "Monsieur Boueaire," the cossack-turned-Robin-Hood in "The Eagle," always dashing, richly costumed. Then on Saturday, Aug. 14, 1928. he attended a party at a -few York hotel and later took Marion Benda, a Ziegfeld beauty, dancing at the prohibition-time Lido Club and Texas Guinan'a famous night Carrousel Restaurant | is recommended by the fin" est people in South Texas, t kOUR CUSTOMERS. AIR CONDITIONED HuarA p.m. to 11 p.m. 1003 So. A!»mel» I'h. 3-77M 'listen to DREW PEARSON Parson's sources of predictions ire infallible.. .and ha has in amazing record of ever 80* accurscySHisnews- cssti are terse, dramatic, ..and never should be missed! fand his amazing*,. accurate f Prediction* ofThingi to Com« r ADAM BATS SUNDAYS 5 P.M. K-SIX udHKdu* B»OADC*irrac COMPAHY club. There he complained ot feeling ill. The next day he slept until after noon when his manager, S. George Ullman, appeared. A doctor was called. Within a few hours Valentino underwent ian emergency operation for acute appendicitis and a ruptured gastric ulcer at Polyclinic Hospital. Quick Response Public response came instantly. The hospital had to set up a spec- ial'booth to handle inquiries on his condition. Special guards were posted at his sickroom door to 'keep out the fans, friends, crackpots and celebrity seekers. Nostrums, scrums and advice were POWEHUIDIAID wf*-HUW MMLOWl · DWM MGC8 « n* et-n-or 131 Robin Hood SUNDAY AFTERNOON - ' E V E N I N G SPECIALS Old Fashioned Turkey and Dressing 50c Smothered Steak with Pan Gravy , 47c Fried Flounder with Tartar Sance and French m *% Fried Onions ......,."**C Glazed Sweet Potatoes ..... 14c Spinach with Lemon Butter 13c Macron! and Chees« ...... 14c Cherry Nut Mold with Fruit Fresh Lemon Chiffon Pie . 16c Banana Pudding with Graham Crackers .. ,, 16c Special Sunday Night Only Broiled T-Bone Steaks with French Fries 60c Broiled Club Steaks with French Fries . . . . . . 60c Robin Hood Cafeteria 1821 S. Alameda "6 Points" THIS WEEK AT C. C. THEATRES RITZ -- Now Walt Disney's "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" Starts Wednesday: "ON MOONLIGHT BAY" . with Doris Day, Gordon McRae CENTRE -- Now . "ALONG THE GREAT DIVIDE" with KirkDouglas, ·Virginia Mayo Starts ; Wednesday: _ "FLYING LEATHEH- NECKS"-with John Wayn« PALACE"-- Now . '.'STRICTLY DISHONORABLE" with Ezio Pinzai Janet Leigh, Starts Wednesday: "THE · COMPANY SHE KEEPS" with Lizabeth. · Scott, Dennis O'Keefft. Saturday: "I WAS AN AMERICAN SPY" with Gene Evans TOWEE J -- Now "ON THE RIVIERA" with _ Danny Kaye . Tuesday-Wednesday: "APACHE DRUMS" with Steve McNally Thursday Oaly: "DOUBLE CROSSBONES" \vith Donald O'Connor _ Friday-Saturday: "SANTA FE" -vviUi Randolph Scott AMUSU -- Now "HEADHUNTERS OF THE AMAZON" and "PARADISE ISLAND" Tiies.-Wed.-Thtirs.: "WAR OF THE WILDCATS" and "PIER 23" Friday-Saturday: "STAGECOACH DRIVER" with Whip Wilson AYERS -- Now "SAMSON AND DELILAH" with Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature Wed.-Thurs.: "APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER" with Alan Ladd Friday-Saturday: "APACHE DRUMS" with Steven McNally BEACH -- Now "THE LEMON DROP, KID" with Bob Hope Tues.-Wed.: "A LADY TAKES A CHANCE" with Jean Arthur, John Wayne Thursday only: "MR. LUCKY" Friday-Saturday: "KATY DID IT" with Mark Stevens, Ann Blyth Pola Negrl, who declared her-i self .Valentino's unofficial fifmcee.j came East and accompanied the- body back to the coast i A" few #ars later. Uiman. Val-1 entino's manager, was being suedj in connection with the estate by, the actor's brother and sister, the body had been moved to the establishment of Frank Campbell, a millionaire mortician who was sur-! cessfully changing New Yorkers'! habits of holding funerals in pri-i vate homes. (The firm is j business, but the Campbell family I is no longer connected with it.')' Campbell had a press a g e n t . Harry Klemfuss. an ex-newspaperman. " C a m p b e l l g«ve mo carte! blanche," Klemfuss recalls, "and! we put Valentino in Cie Gold Cha-j P'l on the second floor." I Crowd Gathers Tile next day there was a line outside the establishment two abreast and extended for four blocks. Emergency first-aid sta-[ tions were set up; patrolmen and I mounted police were called to con- NEW SHOW MAKES BIG HIT -- A New "Package" Show from the Fa mcm« STORK, CLUB in Shreveporl L. TERRY DEX1SE. 'Ili* Unbellev ably Beautiful OrlKiiwl PETTI" GIRL and b f r *cx?ationc.l 3'9 ' of Ctiarra Topploj ot[ tit* «vfnln(t urn th» TWO EASY WAC3 . . guitar *?ne» ana Talking Parrot... HllaHotn J A T LIN", his fcas« and Ooofy -oas». AU » t th» C L U B KRONTIER. . J e r r y Reo, t 3 BIG ACTS BOB TANKS' Hollywood Dance Combo For Hi*fterVfttton§ CA1X MSSl -- WDS Ajer« Complplely F/*»h Alr-Co!f* DANCE TO No Cover Charge. '" ° P EVERY NIGHT B. C. JENNINGS^ rinrf all the BOYS BI* Free GRANTS 1* 5207 Chapman Ranch Road Every Sunday si.llli tnr Hci«rv»tloi» O5AGE T H E A T R E -1261 DOUBLE FEATURE - Toniqht Monday ! 'Mr. Lucky' I Gary Grant Laraine Day 'Father's Little Dividend' Spencer Tracy Joon Bennett NEWS AND COLOR CARTOON ITS WONDROUS SIGHTS and V WONDROUS THRILLS! Rollicking with the antics of the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, th*Cheshire Cat.... In a realm of astounding spectacle and madcap merriment! in WONDERLAND! , «t. ' \ TJie all-cartoon Musical'WonderfUm WBYTECHNICOLOR! gMHOU'S BelM »ftfy T01VER " DANNY KAYE G«tM TIERNEY Corinn* CALVET N TODAY MONDAY Today Monday J 2 GREAT SHOWS TONtGHT! DANGER EXCITEMENT RAGING PASSIONS A new and stirrinf adventure out of the colorful West! mm POWER SUSAN HAYWARD The Cay and Merry Drama of a Lovable Rogue and a Charming Miss! "BABBIT OF SEVILLE K I R K VIRGINIA JOHN WALTCM MAYO » * ^. ««. , ^^^Arf- k -*^ V ^WWJ ^ccu WESTERN ADVENTURE! « ~ - J - JRE! SHE mows msttf AT m GREAT StHGER ...AHD #£ MAKES THE CATCH OF myEAM STRICT DISHONORABLE EZIOPINZA -JANET LEIGH Rrt* ; mm MITCHELL · m mm Suu.-Mon. Tues. VICTWI L AM ARR-MATURE! T ° DAY * MONDAY TODAY A MONDAY HOPE .. _ TODAY 1 J ·* MONDAY PAN Witt* «AUSTOM TODAY A MONDAY VAN JOHNSON CAHTIHFU

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