Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In Appreciation

In a comment left yesterday on the William Bianchino article, appreciation is expressed for his convincing Valentino not to move to Oklahoma and become a landscape architect.

I think there are others to appreciate who at various times, saved Valentino from sure oblivion. And in reference to the above article, I believe Valentino's career was saved in 1922, from a death by rampant yellow journalism.

Yellow journalism and yellow press are American terms for journalism and associated newspapers that present little or no legitimate, well-researched news while instead using eye-catching headlines for increased sales.”

I set the context for Valentino's precarious situation in Affairs Valentino, but found this article could have been the moment Valentino's career was truly saved; because of the timing. The Roscoe Arbuckle trials were headlines and despite his eventually being acquitted, the yellow journalistic attacks caused his films to be banned and his career to be ruined. Valentino knew Arbuckle, was certainly aware of the situation and could take no chances.

In Valentino's case, I believe he was saved from yellow journalism ruination and the banning of his films by the quick intervention of Doug Gerrard, June Mathis, Thomas Meigham and Marion Davies. Despite Valentino's nick of time salvation, the lies about Arbuckle were perpetuated.

Valentino narrowly escaped the wrath of the yellow journalists then, but I believe he is now a victim of the same tactics. With fictionalized books by David Bret... which are obscene undocumented porn... being supported by Tracy Terhune on his vicious blog against Renato and me, I find this a high level of yellow journalism in regards to Valentino's truth.

It seems a continuation of the same thoughtlessness and the sensational; i.e. the self-serving promotions (letting the faithful wear Valentino's ring at the memorial) all which nearly ruined Valentino's career in 1922. If Zukor and Hays bowed to the lies, the sensational and banned Valentino's movies, what would have been his fate?

So many distinguished people during Valentino's life, other than Mr. Bianchino...George Ullman, Teresa Werner, Natacha Rambova saved the day back then... and many fine people today carry on the interest in the decency of Valentino's story, respecting the well-researched, the legitimate and here, even on this blog, endeavor to save his legacy everyday from the yellow journalistic ravaging.

The innuendo, the statements made as truth when they are not, the narcissism and gas lighting, the gross fiction of David Bret sponsored by the man who emcees the memorial every year. How is this all not the same yellow journalism which ruined Arbuckle's truth, and which nearly took down Valentino in May of 1922?

8 comments:

  1. This article is most interesting, I have read to what happened to Roscoe Arbuckle and how his reputation was ruined because of yellow journalism. The truth will be long coming but the truth will always triumph in the end from the ones who want to know the truth.

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  2. Like Arbuckle, Valentino's career could have been destroyed after his trial. I agree with Ms. Zumaya's list of people who helped him survive the wrath of yellow journalism, but I offer another savior: American women. Arbuckle's career was effectively over before his trail began due to the nature of the charges: rape, resulting in the death of Virginia Rappe. It was mainly women's organizations and church groups who declared Arbuckle guilty, regardless of the not guilty verdict. His audience turned on him and he lost them for good.

    However, I think those same American women looked at Valentino's trial a bit differently. I don't think they were repulsed by what he did. On the contrary, I think it only added to his mystique. Women wanted their romantic idol and, subsequently, they welcomed Valentino back with open arms.

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    1. I agree, 8:40. I would say Douglas Gerrard and Natacha deserve real kudos, also, for their loyalty in sticking by Valentino. The idea he was alone and forlorn is silly.

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    2. I think the love letter Natacha wrote to Rudy from Foxlair soon after her arrival said it all about that time in their lives. Valentino gave that letter to Cue to include in "the True Rudolph Valentino", which he did.

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  3. It's interesting Rudy acknowledged Aunt Teresa in his will, but not Mrs. Hudnut.

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    1. At the time of the will which was executed on Sept. 1, 1925, Rudy was paying the mortgage on Aunt Teresa's home in Los Angeles. He left her a weekly stipend which I wrote about in Affairs Valentino in more detail. Despite Aunt Teresa being close to Rudy, that is why she appeared in the will.

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    2. 2:34: This was documented in the appeals court records.

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