Friday, March 18, 2022

Luck O' the Irish

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-NjQDWeJHA

A tad late with the Irish tribute to Rudolph Valentino, but better late than never... the above link as a nod to Valentino's first manager, true friend and mentor, Doug Gerrard, “Gerry”. 

Gerrard is another genuine hero in Valentino's legacy who has been much maligned and misrepresented. I was honored to have been granted an interview with the Irish Douglas Gerrard scholar, Liam Muldowney, which we shared in the podcast. Enjoy! (photo credit to Liam Muldowney)

Here Gerrard with his great love, Anna Pavlova. 


9 comments:

  1. Douglas Gerrard seemed to be that friend that one always knows will be there when needed. Gerrard did not make a lot of noise about his friendship with Valentino, like Ivano and Florey did. He stayed in the background. But I will bet when the chips were down, Valentino could and did always call on Gerry for advice and camaraderie. Douglas Gerrard was an admirable man. A belated St. Patrick's Day toast to him!

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    1. Another close friend who did not make a lot of noise about his friendship with Valentino was Frank Mennillo. He did not brag about that or try to exploit it at all.

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  2. This is a marvelous podcast! Gerrard was a valuable friend to Valentino, particularly regarding the Foxlair incident. A true blue, loyal Irish BFF. I wonder if a marker was ever put on his grave? I certainly hope so. As Liam Muldowney observed, "He deserves so much more."

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    1. Thanks! I forgot to mention that we included all of the Gerrard photos and articles in our book, The Rudolph Valentino Case Files. Including that great article written by Baltasar Cue which Renato translated.

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  3. Agree wholeheartedly that this is a wonderful podcast and that Gerrard was the real deal. Ivano and Florey worked every last vestige of their connection to Valentino (including knocking on the door of the treacherous Bill Self) to keep themselves employed and relevant. Kudos to Gerrard for walking through life with his head held high.

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    1. I think Gerrard is another member of Valentino's inner circle for a while anyway who would not be so happy with the hysterical and absurdly far-fetched lies told about him.

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    2. Liam Muldowney's documentation and research is impeccable. It was fascinating to learn about Gerrard's early years.

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    3. I agree. Gerrard should not just be remembered as a friend of Valentino. He deserves credit for his own career. He worked alongside the famous pioneers of movie making. What a shame he didn't publish his memoirs.

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    4. I hope when you speak with Liam again you will tell him how much we enjoyed the interview!

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