Sunday, April 17, 2022

Third From the Right

In response to the absurd allegation that Baltasar Cue was no where near Valentino, Alberto Valentino or Falcon Lair in the first months of 1926 and that we made it all up, I share the photograph below. There are others where Senor Cue appears front and center, but this proves something else I feel. 

Cue was invited to the wedding and standing next to Alberto Valentino. I allege this is indicative of his stature with the Valentino brothers. If Cue was writing "fanzine drivel" as it was called this past week, he would not be in the wedding photos. It is a sign a great respect, I feel, that he is among the wedding party.

It is also a poignant photograph for me, knowing that at that time, Rudolph believed he had embarked on a collaboration with Cue, writing the true story of his remarkable life. The man standing third from right, Baltasar Cue was about to undo the puffery churned out by the studios. 

I sense something resolved about this picture and the hard working Spanish journalist was there being he was a friend and someone both Alberto and Rudolph respected. 

Third from the Right.

From our English translation of Cue's, The True Rudolph Valentino: 


In the original publication of The True Rudolph Valentino, Cue includes some other wedding photos. Somewhere we have a good scan of the page which I will share, but this is how it appeared in the magazine.


9 comments:

  1. That is definitely Cue in the photo. No doubt about it. And of course he is there, fully integrated into the day to day minutiae of Valentino’s life as part of his engagement to write the only authorized biography of the star. The Murray wedding photos, despite depicting the happiest of occasions, are strangely devoid of joy. Valentino, handsome though he is, looks as if he is phoning it in, fatally exhausted by the turmoil of his intimate life and the relationship with Negri. Mae seems in the throes of a manic episode and her new husband appears to be calculating his post marital net worth as the cameras click.

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    1. Well said! It had to have been an awkward wedding for Valentino, having been intimately involved with both bride and girlfriend Pola.

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  2. 1:53, your observations of the wedding party and guests are razor sharp. I have always thought Valentino looked like he longed to be anywhere but there. Be that as it may, I await with eyes rolling furiously TRT's next assertion that Cue was nowhere near Falcon Lair in 1926, even though Ms.Zumaya continues to shower him with evidence. Let's just add this one to the long list of Terhune's boo-boos.

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  3. I have never seen some of those wedding photos before! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Sure. I will dig up the original scan and hope they are better quality. It is fun to see some out takes!

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  4. Who is M. Lord on the far right of this photograph?

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    1. Yes, I was wondering about M. Lord as well. Is he there as Marguerite Namara’s plus one?

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    2. Appears so. She divorced that year from her second husband, Guy Bolton.

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  5. Gracias a usted Sra. Evelyn Zumaya y al editor Renato Floris, estoy aprendiendo, descubriendo y conociendo cada vez mas, no solo al gran Rodolfo Valentino, sino tambien a las personas que lo rodearon y fueron parte impirtante de su vida.
    Caray como he aprendido gracias a usted; me da una perspectiva mas real y mas clara del ser humano que fué nuestro querido Valentino; siento que lo conozco y ahora entiendo el porque de muchas cosas.
    Seguiré disfrutando de sus libros y videos.
    Gracias

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