Tuesday, June 7, 2022

"Killing Time" in Salt Lake City

In November of 1951, Jean and Alberto Valentino appeared in Salt Lake City, Utah. Why? (From The Salt Lake Tribune, November 25, 1951)



Columbia Pictures' movie, Valentino, starring Tony Dexter had just been released and Jean and Alberto showed up in Utah; a trip coordinated by their Los Angeles legal team incredibly still headed by Morton Feiler. 

Attorney Feiler represented Alberto for many decades as well as working with Joe Schenck's United Artists. George Ullman made a claim in his 1975 memoir that Alberto's litigations against him were funded by Schenck. I vetted the memoir, researched the various lawyers and found Ullman correct; all were at one point or another retained by United Artists. More about that in Affairs Valentino.

So why were Alberto and Jean in Salt Lake City, “killing time” by watching Dexter in Valentino? If they both lived in Los Angeles at the time why Salt Lake City? Because the laws in Utah then were very clear on the subject of making a movie about someone's deceased relative. In Utah you had to have the permission of the family. Alberto was preparing his lawsuit against Columbia Pictures and director Ed Small based on Utah's strict law and filed his case with the court in Los Angeles the following April.

Sister Maria Strada filed her deposition from Italy and both Alberto and Maria claimed “annoyance” with the film, etc. etc. The case turned a real profit for them and in October 1952, they settled out of court with the rumored damages awarded around $500,000.

Despite this victory, incredibly some 20 years later when Alberto was interviewed by Jeanne De Recqueville, he told her he only got pennies from his brother Rudolph's estate. But back in 1951, Alberto and Jean did not waste time hustling up to Salt Lake City to get on that lawsuit. Morton Feiler on the job again and he must have made a fortune from Alberto because this was 30 years after he worked on Alberto's case v. Ullman.

*** In one other bit of Valentino court record business, I share this link again since there seems to still be some fuss being made about the validity of Paragraph Fourth. (see Affairs Valentino) Case closed. 

https://casetext.com/case/estate-of-guglielmi


24 comments:

  1. It's extraordinarly în this picture Jean's resemblance to Rudy. Too bad we dont have more pictures of him as a young man. It îs sad however how Alberto and Then Jean, probably pushed by Alberto, tried to capitalize on their family connection to Rudy to make money first from George Ulmann (which was so unfair) and then from this movie and Who knows from where else... I Pity Jean în a way because he probably knew he was Rudy's son and couldnt tell anybody outside his family and he also hâd to erase any proves of that (with help from Alberto and The studios I suppose)

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  2. I really do not see Rudy in the photo of Jean. Just as Anthony Dexter looks like a knock off of Valentino with the Italianness and sunshine drained from him, Jean is also very much “lesser than.”

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    1. I think it might be difficult to be born to someone as classically handsome as Valentino. For example if you were Marilyn Monroe's daughter. Children are not always identical to either parent and that really does not make them lesser in any way. Chicca Morone knew Jean and said the resemblance was strong. So did Bill Self. Self said Jean looked exactly like Rudy. I would not want to be considered lesser than say my mother because I was not born as beautiful as she was. All things considered Jean came out real well imo.

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  3. I'm somewhat confused. The film, Valentino, was not MADE in Utah, was it? So a film could be sued if a family member only WATCHED it in a state like Utah, where there are laws against making films without the permission of the deceased's family? That's a very screwy law and it would take someone really digging for litigation to actually file a suit based on that.

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    1. I am sure Morton Feiler knew about this law and the case was based on that. A lawsuit cites other cases and laws no matter where they take place. Someone in California could base a case on our defamation lawsuit we won against Bret in Italy. A lawyer would know about laws and verdicts which would benefit their case.

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    2. I am sure Morton Feiler knew about this law and the case was based on that. A lawsuit cites other cases and laws no matter where they take place. Someone in California could base a case on our defamation lawsuit we won against Bret in Italy. A lawyer would know about laws and verdicts which would benefit their case.

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  4. Ms. Evelyn- reading thru several books I have come across the statement that Alice Terry had a real dislike for Valentino or a grudge against him. Can you tell me why? I have never read an explanation for her resentment. Thanking you in advance.

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    1. 3:17, Terry's husband, Rex Ingram, who directed Valentino in T4HotA and The Conquering Power, was not fond of the actor and there were clashes between them. Decades after Valentino's death, Terry said some derogatory things about him, especially when the film Valentino came out. In my opinion, at this time, she was definitely a has-been and she resented being a footnote in Valentino's career.

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    2. Terry sued Columbia Pictures in 1951 and settled for what was said was a "substantial" amount of money. She was offended they portrayed her in the movie as having an affair with Valentino.

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    3. She wishes. 👆

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    4. She probably did have an affair with him before TFHOA was filmed/ They knew each other as bit players and in her own words from a radio interview" oh we used to go out dancing." No more to say than that? I heard interviews of women who knew him and they all have something to say. She is leaving something out.

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    5. I agree, 7:34. All those silent actresses, who decades later talked about regarding Rudy as nothing more than a big brother or spaghetti chef, told us more by what they didn't say then the silly vignettes they publicly delivered. The supercilious ones, like Terry and Swanson, had a lot to keep secret, in my opinion.

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  5. Cosmic Arts, Inc. is a little known, but very interesting enterprise created by Valentino, Ullman, and Rambova.

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    1. I would hope it would not be so little known now. I laid it all out and explained in Affairs Valentino for the first time (2011) because the appeals court records I discovered were a thorough accounting and explanation of Cosmic Arts. Another reason those stolen records should be in public domain. Things like that would be common knowledge if the family and collectors did not hoard the historical material, i.e. stolen public records and then change that history with lies and subterfuge.

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    2. ...and on and on it goes. Evelyn makes a comment as 'Anonymous' and then responds to herself by dragging out the old song and dance about "stolen public records", the horrible family, despicable collectors...yada yada.

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    3. 5:50. "old song and dance" or felony? Do you really feel proud of yourself at the end of your day. How many of these comments I trashed today and I have to say "poor Rudy" as Self used to bemoan. People like you anywhere near his legacy. Its a tragedy really.

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    4. Was Cosmic Arts Inc. sold to cover Ruby's debts?

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    5. I included many of the accounting records of Cosmic Arts in The Rudolph Valentino Case Files. The valuable asset as far as Cosmic Arts went were the patents. Selling the business would not have netted much but the patents had value. Ullman kept the business going while he attempted to sell the patents as they were assets of the estate. Ullman tried to sell the patents to the Lambert Process and Lambertite but the deals he set up did not work out. It was eventually dissolved after Ullman voluntarily resigned as executor.

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  6. To 5: 50 why do you bother trolling this blog? Showing your discontent and bitterness? You are so boring with your comments. Get a life!

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    1. Its appalling to sense the glee these sad trolls experience while dutifully parroting the puppetmaster's taglines when most of them (all three) never get that coveted front row folding chair in the tomb. They might want to refer to the definition of the word "brainwashing" for some insight...."an exacting regimen requiring absolute obedience and humility; strong social pressures and rewards for cooperation; psychological punishment for non-cooperation ranging from social ostracism...", yadda, yadda, yadda.

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  7. Comment 5:50, ...and on and on it goes, as a TRT stooge makes another asinine remark designed to please the PuppetMaster. Come back if you ever have an original thought of your own.

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  8. 5:50 AM Go back to Terhuneland where the air is fetid since it's never stirred with any new movement. Just the same slog for the last 20 years.

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  9. "Terhuneland"...
    Perfect!

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  10. Jean looks like an Asian man in that photo.

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