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Valentino (1951)

Italian immigrant Rudolph Valentino makes it big in silent Hollywood, but he ends up struggling between his career and the woman he loves.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

George Bruce (screenplay), George Bruce (story "Valentino As I Knew Him")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eleanor Parker ... Joan Carlisle / Sarah Gray
Richard Carlson ... Bill King
Patricia Medina ... Lila Reyes
Joseph Calleia ... Luigi Verducci
Dona Drake ... Maria Torres
Lloyd Gough ... Eddie Morgan
Otto Kruger ... Mark Towers
Anthony Dexter ... Rudolph Valentino
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Storyline

Largely fictional account of the last few years in the life of matinée idol Rudolph Valentino. Regardless of what he was doing professionally, women were attracted to him, and he in turn loved them back which often got him into trouble. After voluntarily leaving a dancing gig due to a dispute with the troupe's leading lady, that gig which brought him to the US, he needed to work a series of odd jobs before movie director Bill King discovered him working as a taxi dancer/gigolo in an upscale dance club. In reality, King's companion that evening, his professional and personal leading lady Joan Carlisle, unofficially discovered Valentino earlier when they had a romance aboard the transatlantic crossing which brought Valentino to the US. At the time, she was traveling incognito under the name Sarah Gray. Valentino's movie career was somewhat stalled until he campaigned for and won the leading role in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), after which his career skyrocketed. By his ... Written by Huggo

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So many women and so little time. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodolfo Valentino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I saw this movie as a teenager and would like to have it in video, I was taken aback with the resemblance between Anthony Dexter to the real Valentino
25 June 2000 | by bre3johnsSee all my reviews

The best representation of Valentino's life than has been presented to date. It's a shame that there hasn't been more biographys done on this great actor who was also a gentleman and a good friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him personally. At the time this film was produced it was considered an inferior film, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. After seeing the film, I continued to be fascinated with Valentino.


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