Eleanor Parker in Valentino (1951)

In 1951, Eleanor Parker starred in Valentino, the first of many films about the legendary silent screen actor Rudolph Valentino. Since this was the first substantial role for Anthony Dexter, the actor playing Rudolph Valentino, he was billed last with an "introducing" credit. This left Eleanor Parker with top billing in the film.

Reviews from professionals and casual viewers have ranged the entire good/bad spectrum. I actually found Valentino to be quite entertaining and well done. Many people, whether they liked the movie or not, have found the need to mention endlessly that it is not historically accurate. Regardless, Valentino is well cast and is generally fun to watch. It's merit has been underplayed over time (it has not been released on DVD) but the film remains a great artifact and something worthy of being sought out by anyone with a mind to see it. I watched Valentino due to the presence of Eleanor Parker but after viewing it found it to be undeserving of being unknown.

Here are some images of Eleanor Parker in Valentino:

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