Allow Mr. Valentino to serenade you! (Yes, quite literally, his vocal recordings survive!) Animated GIF

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Rudolph Valentino’s early death at the height of his career was a tragedy. It also opened up a floodgate of what-if’s. Would he have survived the transition to sound? Would his career have fizzled even before that?

Me? I think he would have survived. Mr. Valentino had a talent for light comedy, when he was allowed, and he could sing. During the talkie transition, musicals were the absolute rage.

Here is Rudy serenading Agnes Ayres in The Sheik. And, as a special bonus, here is the 1923 recording of him singing the very song quoted in the intertitles, Kashmiri Song.

Hope that brightens your day.

Availability

The Sheik has been released on DVD by Image.

9 Replies to “Allow Mr. Valentino to serenade you! (Yes, quite literally, his vocal recordings survive!) Animated GIF”

  1. How charming! Even the ravages of time couldn’t hide this fact. But I heard Mr. Valentino supposedly had an unpleasant-sounding speaking voice. Is this true?

  2. Today is the 87th anniversary of Valentino’s death so this is a great post! Not many people know this recording exists. There are actually two recordings. I really like both of them.

  3. Dearest Silently
    ‘Beside the Shalimar’
    What intriguing words they are for a gentleman of scent such as myself.
    And how fetching they all look dyed purple.
    To hear Valentino though… I’m not sure I’d want to.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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