Rudolph Valentino

Avalon Silent Film Showcase


Opening Night

Friday, May 15, 2020

Catalina Island Museum

Ackerman Family Amphitheater

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Program begins at 8:00 pm

The kick-off the Avalon Silent Film Showcase weekend will feature a screening of Mud and Sand, a silent short film starring Stan Laurel, followed by a slideshow lecture about the Curse of Valentino's Ring with special guest Laura Macfehin.


Mud and Sand (1922)

In this spoof on Rudolph Valentino's Blood and Sand film, Stan Laurel stars as Rhubarb Vaselino who lives in a small village in Spain. He and his friend enter a bullfighting contest and his friend is killed. Rhubarb avenges his friends death by killing three bulls and becomes a local hero along the way. Two years later, while living in Madrid as a national hero, he becomes involved with the temptress Filet de Sol, but his lover finds out. As the last bullfight of the season draws near, he must fight the deadliest bull in all of Spain. But will he survive the scorn of a woman... 


Composer and pianist Michael Mortilla will provide live musical accompaniment for the film.


The Curse of Valentino's Ring

Rudolph Valentino had the world at his feet when the star of the silver screen met an untimely death. But did a mysterious ring and its supposed curse send him sooner to his grave? 


During this slideshow presentation, Laura Macfehin looks at the legend of the so-called "ring of destiny" and the troubled lives of the people caught in its curse!


Appetizers will be served. A "Blood and Sand" cocktail, wine, beer, soda and water will be available for purchase. 

Feature Event: Blood and Sand (1922)

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Avalon Casino Theatre

Member Pre-Performance Program 12:00 pm

Doors Open for Non-Members 12:30 pm

Silent Film Program begins 1:00 pm

Now in our 33rd year, making this event one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film. Attendees will be treated to an authentic 1920s cinematic experience with the screening of the 1922 film, Blood and Sand starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee and Nita Naldi with live music by Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists. All of this takes place in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace.

Rudolph Valentino plays the role of Juan, the son of a poor widow in Seville, Spain. Against his mother’s wishes Juan pursues a career as a matador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen (played by Lee) as his bride. He meets the Marquis’ daughter Dona Sol (played by Naldi), and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance. 

Click here to view the printed program from 2019 Silent Film.

Period dress is encouraged.


Members $20 (After May 1, 2020 $25)

Non-Members $23 (After May 1, 2020 $28)

Children (Ages 3-15) $10

Sponsored by Steven Mandel, M.D.

Michael Mortilla

Attend the Avalon Ball!

Saturday, May 16 following the feature event of our Silent Film Showcase, spend the evening dancing in the Avalon Casino Ballroom during the Avalon Ball put on by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. This event exemplifies what the ballroom was built for: dancing! Click here for tickets and information.

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