Thursday, January 13, 2022

Fifty Dollars to Editor Zobel?

Here (see below) Rudolph Valentino writes a check to Martin Zobel. Myron Zobel was the editor of Screenland Magazine and the short-lived Hollywood Confessions in January of 1923. At the time he was writing extensively (lots of gossip) about the motion picture industry in several syndicated columns.....so I am wondering what Rudolph Valentino could have been paying him for. Fifty dollars by today's exchange rate would be exactly $830.00.

Photographs? An article? Was he repaying a loan? Keeping some gossip out of the news?

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                                    Myron Zobel @ 1923


20 comments:

  1. This is interesting, maybe just maybe it was to keep Valentinos illness to keep from being exposed. Just a guess of course.

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    1. Myron Zobel was not blackmailing Valentino. A mention, if at all, would have been some fluff. Consider the times! A revelation of syphilis in a magazine then would have killed the magazine not the celebrity. Absolutely no way was Zobel holding something like that over anyone for 50$.

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    2. Thank you for clearing that up,

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    3. Just like you said the 20s were a different time.

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  2. I read on one of the Valentino Facebook pages that Zobel had information from one of Rudy's male lovers about their involvement with one another. Perhaps, as you say, Rudy was trying to keep this information of a dalliance out of the press.

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    1. Well that sounds like something David Bret or Constable would dream up after reading my post. How laughably off that assumption is. First of all Valentino was heterosexual to a wild degree. After researching his sexual orientation for years, I found his being heterosexual remarkably unambiguous. Secondly, Mr. Zobel was a highly-respected man his entire life and was not in the business of black mailing celebrities. And 50$? And magazines like the ones published by Zobel in 1923 would never have published anything of the sort. This is just innuendo which for Bret, Constable and Terhune constitutes fact. I would not be surprised to see Bret contort some kind of fantasy for himself out of this one in some of his typically unintelligible Tweets. It is what he does these days to read this blog and rush to his keyboard. There was no dalliance with a "male lover" or a pay off to the editor of Screenland magazine. Idiotic to even go there and it shows a complete lack of knowledge of Valentino, the cultural context and Mr. Zobel.

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    2. Their argument that Valentino was a homosexual is weak at the most. They present innuendo , not facts. Only the vulnerable would believe anything that they write.

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  3. Oh for crying out loud, give the overheated homosexual projection a rest already! It has nothing to do with Valentino and everything to do with those intent on remaking Valentino into someone with interest in bedding them.

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    1. Their interpretation of that check is "smarmy" as defined as: "ingratiating and wheedling in a way that is perceived as insincere or excessive." Synonyms being: slick, oily, greasy, unctuous".

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    2. Disgusting, of course Bret would have to pounce on that just to write " Rudy was gay ", In order to promote his non existent career. Also nobody can figure what he writes anyway, same old argument.

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    3. I guess they must be following this blog pretty closely. I saw over there that they say that "real" information about Valentino's bisexuality can't be discussed here because of what they call the homophobic nature of the posts here. It makes me very sad they would say this.

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    4. Well I think they are the homophobes. It is homophobic to use demeaning terms for lesbians as Bret does consistently, homophobic to imply a person's sexual orientation is contagious and determined by the friends you keep, and it is homophobic to frivolously call people homophobic to destroy a critic. It is not homophobic to say someone was erroneously outed by a cheap author out to make a buck off the subject. And it is not homophobic at all to report this as we do. I guess I should be flattered they are following this blog so closely. I bet they wish they could censor this blog like they do their Facebook forums. I have been called homophobic a million times by them and it does not change my truth. Horrible people.

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    5. Horrible people is right.


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  4. The following is from his obituary in 1967: Global Zobel' Dies; Famed Travel Expert

    "Private graveside services will be conducted Friday for Myron L. Zobel of Palm Springs, noted travelogue film producer, who died Sunday. He was 69. A native of Los Angeles, he had lived in Palm Springs 10 years. He was a world traveler, filming numerous motion pictures of various locations throughout the state. He was known as “Global Zobel.”

    In addition to his film producing. he was an author, having I written three hooks. His latest was “Global Cuisine.” dealing with recipes of famous restaurI ants he had visited around the world. His other books were “Fourteen-Karat Trailer” and i “Benvinido Cellini.” He was a member of the Harvard Club and the Explorers Club of New York. He was an expert bridge player. During World War 11, he was a civilian employe of the radio division of the Bureau of Ships. He developed the controlled material plan under which all products using copper, steel and aluminum were made."

    Notice he wrote a book on Cellini, a project dear to Valentino's heart. Maybe payment to write a draft of a screenplay for a film about Cellini? It also says he was an expert bridge player. Maybe he was good at other card games and Valentino was paying Zobel for losses at a hot poker marathon. The possibilities are numerous, but this man does not seem to be a blackmailer and I would bet he had Valentino were on good terms.

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    1. Very good detective work. The Cellini connection is intriguing. Thanks for the interesting biographical information!

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    2. Yes, it most certainly is, I misunderstood the article thank you for this.

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  5. I am impressed by how many connection and friends Rudy made where ever he went. He was good at "networking" as we would say our days. I guess he was a friendly, lovely man Who made friends easily

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    1. I agree. I'm sure there are many people that we do not know with whom Valentino was well acquainted. Mr. Zobel seems to be a real Renaissance man and I think Valentino would have been intrigued by such a person.

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  6. The hideous little stalking Kobold is obsessed with Ms. Zumaya's successful blog. He wastes no time making up his usual vile bull's wool about anyone Ms. Zumaya posts about. Remember, folks this slug is the only person Tracy Terhune allows to comment on his blog. Sick, sick, sick.

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