Vintage Paparazzi Sneak Previews “Valentino”
Never was a picture shrouded in more secrecy. The sets of “Valentino” were closed and Tony Dexter, who plays the title role, was kept from the press, out of public eye.
Tony was recommended to producer Edward Small by Katharine Cornell. He had played with her in “The Three Sisters” and again and again his resemblance to Rudolph Valentino had impressed her.
Dexter studied for this role for three years, took dancing lessons in private instruction rooms, had Valentino’s old films run off a hundred times so he could study Valentino’s every gesture and mannerism.
Now, a quarter of a century after his untimely death, Valentino lives again.
Stranded in New York, Valentino (Tony Dexter) takes job as dishwasher to get evening clothes . .
. . . becomes dancing gigolo. lie meets Joan Carlisle (Eleanor Parker), with whom he’d had shipboard romance, director Bill King (Dick Carlson), who starts him on screen career
The real Valentino—in 1921, when he made “The Sheik” with Agnes Ayres
In Hollywood, Valentino and partner Lila Reeves (Patricia Medina) crash party of famous producer. Their gaucho dance wins Valentino first screen break
Valentino, the idol of women everywhere, loses Joan, the woman he loves, to King—is best man at wedding
Later, Valentino and Joan play together in “The Sheik”—their attraction for each other is rekindled
To protect Joan, Valentino returns East, becomes ill and dies. Joan learns, then, what her husband, King, never revealed before
It is a quote. PHOTOPLAY MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 1951