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Finding aid of the Allan R. Ellenberger Collection on Ramon Novarro

Finding aid prepared by Michael P. Palmer, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Ellenberger, Allan R., 1956-
Title
Allan R. Ellenberger collection on Ramon Novarro
Collection no.
Coll2008.050
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1922-1968
Date [inclusive]
1900-2002
Extent
4.0 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
9 archive cartons + 1 shoebox + 1 oversize box
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, drafts, research notes, photographs, audiotaped interviews, newspaper and film magazine clippings, videotapes, and miscellaneous graphic materials produced and collected by Allan R. Ellenberger in the course of researching his biography of film actor and silent screen romantic idol Ramon Novarro (1899-1968), published in 1999 as Ramon Novarro; A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899-1968; With a Filmography.

Preferred Citation

Allan R. Ellenberger collection on Ramon Novarro, Coll2008-050, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Biography

Ramon Novarro was born Jose Ramon Gil Samaniego in Durango, Mexico, on February 6, 1899, the second son of a wealthy dentist. He evidenced an interest in acting and singing early in his life, and in 1915, with the grudging consent of his parents, moved to Los Angeles with his brother Mariano to pursue a music career. To support himself, he took jobs as a model and singing waiter. In 1917 he broke into films as an extra; he further developed his acting skills with a stint in vaudeville. The first film in which he received billing was Mr. Barnes of New York, directed by Victor Schertzinger and released in June 1922; however, the role that launched his career was the character of Rupert of Hentzau in  The Prisoner of Zenda, directed by Rex Ingram and released in July 1922. Ingram, who had first directed Novarro as an extra in the 1921 film  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which starred Rudolph Valentino, became Novarro's mentor, directing him in his next three next films: the romantic drama  Trifling Women (1922), the melodrama  Where the Pavement Ends (1923), and the historical romance  Scaramouche (1923). By the end of 1922, Novarro's studio, Metro (later to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), was touting Novarro as the next Valentino. Novarro reached the pinnacle of his career in the title role in the monumental production of  Ben-Hur, directed by Fred Niblo and released on December 30, 1925, although he gave a better performance the following year in Ernst Lubitsch's  The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. With Valentino's death in 1926, Novarro became the leading romantic idol of Hollywood silent films, although his fame never quite matched that of his predecessor. Although Novarro had a high-pitched speaking voice, his career survived the transition to sound, and his later films increasingly took advantage of his musical training and pleasant singing voice. He also worked behind the camera, directing the Spanish and French versions of  Call of the Flesh (1930) in which he also starred. Novarro continued playing romantic leads into the early 1930s, starring opposite Greta Garbo in  Mata Hari (1931), Myrna Loy in  The Barbarian (1933), and Jeanette MacDonald in  The Cat and the Fiddle (1934). Age began to take its toll, however, despite his desperate attempt to look youthful in his early talkies. He left Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1935, and later became a parody of his earlier self in such films as  The Sheik Steps Out (1937). His last starring role in an English-language film was in  A Desperate Adventure (1938). He starred in two foreign-language films, in 1940 and 1944, and between 1949 and 1960 appeared in character parts in five films. In the 1950s and 1960s, he also appeared in character parts in several television series, including  Walt Disney Presents (1958),  Combat (1964 and 1965),  Dr. Kildare (1964),  Bonanza (1965),  The Wild Wild West (1967), and  High Chaparral (1968). He also appeared in theater, including ten performances of  A Royal Exchange, at His Majesty's Theatre, London, in 1935, and two preview performances of  Infidel Caesar, on Broadway, in 1962.

Novarro was less pretentious than Valentino, and the natural style to his acting distinguished him from other young actors. Contemporary critics praised the ease and charm of his performances. Novarro's homosexuality, although zealously guarded from the film-going public (which was treated to rumors linking Novarro romantically to both Greta Garbo and Myrna Loy), was a fairly open secret in Hollywood. Although his boyish looks did not adversely affect the critical estimation of his talent during his heyday as a star, retrospectively some film historians find him almost too beautiful to be taken seriously, and he has consequently been perceived as a decidedly effeminate performer. Indeed, Novarro's homosexuality and androgynous beauty have profoundly affected the estimation of his talent by some critics, who argue that his sexuality influenced his acting style.

On October 31, 1968, Novarro was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home, beaten to death by one of two hustlers who had come to his house the previous evening.

Sources:

1. Allan R. Ellenberger, Ramon Novarro; A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899-1968; With a Filmography (Jefferson, NC, 1999).

2. André Soares, Beyond Paradise; The Life of Ramon Novarro (New York, 2002).

3. Peter J. Holliday, " Ramon Novarro", http://www.glbtq.com/arts/novarro_r.html, accessed August 18, 2008.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of correspondence, drafts, research notes, photographs, audiotaped interviews, newspaper and film magazine clippings, videotapes, and miscellaneous graphic materials produced and collected by Allan R. Ellenberger in the course of researching his biography of film actor and silent screen romantic idol Ramon Novarro (1899-1968), published in 1999 as Ramon Novarro; A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899-1968; With a Filmography. The materials include original and photocopy correspondence with several of Novarro's family and friends, including his brother José and his early dance-partner Lina Basquette; audiotapes of interviews with family and friends, including his brother and his co-star Anita Page; copies of his death certificate, autopsy, and will; and an incomplete eyewitness account by Jim Kepner of the trial of his accused murderers. The documents also include extensive chronological and subject files with photocopies of, and original clippings from, Los Angeles newspapers, film magazines, and secondary sources detailing his rise to fame in the 1920s, each of his films, his slide to obscurity in the 1930s and 1940s, his attempted comeback in film and television in the 1950s and 1960s, and his brutal murder and the subsequent trial of his accused murderers in 1968 and 1969. The photographs include contemporary prints of studio publicity shots and film stills, as well as scans of personal and family photographs. The collection also contains videotapes of several of Novarro's films and television appearances, as well as a small collection of graphics, several fan magazines from 1919 to 1941, and sheet music for three songs Novarro sang in his films.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly boxes 103-354, 103-355, and 103-359. Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, August 20, 2008.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Novarro, Ramon, 1899-1968

Subject(s)

  • Gay motion picture actors--Biography
  • Motion picture actors and actresses--United States--Biography

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Writings and Correspondence 1991-1997   11.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains drafts of, and excerpts from, Ellenberger's biography of Novarro, published in 1999; reviews of the book in the gay press; and drafts of an article Ellenberger published in the early 1990s in an unidentified newsletter, Shadowland. The series also contains Ellenberger's correspondence relating to his research. The correspondence includes requests for information made by Ellenberger to the FBI and the Department of the Navy under the Freedom of Information Act; the information Ellenberger eventually received was redacted from 6 pages to a single sentence. The majority of Letters Out are initial requests for information. The Letters In include several original letters from Freda Novello and photocopy letters from Lina Basquette, Novarro's dance-partner during his earliest years in Los Angeles; however, although other letters refer to correspondence from Anita Page, no letters from her are now in the collection. Several Letters In also refer to the Ramon Novarro Film Club that Ellenberger ran from approximately 1992 to 1995 in conjunction with his research; other materials relating to this organization can be found among the subject files in Series 2: Research Notes and Files (see below).

Arrangement

By subject.

 Writings circa 1992-1997   6.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Ravishing Ramon: The Life & Death of Ramon Novarro. 4th draft November 1997   3.0 folders.

1 1-3

 Drafts & Excerpts circa 1993-1997 

1 4

 Reviews 1999 

1 5

 Article for Shadowlands circa 1992-1993 

1 6
Box Folder

 Letters In (chronological) June 1991-October 1996 

1 9

 Correspondence 1991-circa 1997   5.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Letters Out (alphabetical) June 1991-January 1995 

1 10
Box Folder

 Samaniego, José A. 1994 

1 11

 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests 1991-1992 

1 8

 Addresses circa 1991-1997 

1 7

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Series 2:  Series 2. Research Notes and Files 1916-1998   2.1 linear feet.

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of Ellenberger's typed and handwritten research notes, and the materials he collected in the course of his research on Ramon Novarro. The Notes include catalogues and correspondence with dealers of film memorabilia, related primarily to photographs of Novarro, some of which can be identified in Series 3: Photographs (see below). The research materials consist primarily of photocopies, acquired largely from the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, of clippings from Los Angeles newspapers and of articles in contemporary film magazines, such as Photoplay and  Motion Picture Magazine; a small number of clippings are originals. When the collection was opened for processing in July 2008, only a small part of the materials were found to be organized, in subject files: the majority of the documents, most in multiple copies, were packed in boxes, without folders and in roughly chronological order. The existing subject files were retained with the addition of a subject file for each of Novarro's films; the remaining materials were arranged chronologically, with obvious duplicates removed. The bulk of the materials in the Chronological Files dates from 1922 through 1934, the years of Novarro's stardom at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; materials from the 1940s and 1950s relate primarily to his arrests for drunk driving; materials from the 1950s and 1960s relate to his television appearances in character roles; and the materials from 1968 and 1969 relate to his death and the trial of his murderers. The bulk of the materials in the Subject Files relates to Novarro's various films, in particular  Ben-Hur (1925), which cemented Novarro's status as Valentino's chief rival. The files contain photocopies of contemporary news reports and gossip, reviews, secondary accounts, publicity shots and stills. The files also contain a small number of original clippings, in fragile condition because of the acidic paper on which most film magazines were published in the 1920s and 1930s. The Subject Files also include secondary accounts of his career and his death; studio biographies; copies of his death certificate, autopsy, will and a small number of personal letters; interviews Novarro gave in the popular and film industry press; an incomplete copy of Jim Kepner's eyewitness report of the trial of his accused murderers, Paul and Tom Ferguson; the history of the houses he owned; the British Ramon Navarro Film Club and the society of the same name Ellenberger founded and operated in the early 1990s; and the murder trial of his cousin Jacques Samaniego.

 Notes circa 1990-1998   5.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Bibliography circa 1998 

1 12

 Chronology circa 1992 

1 13

 Collectibles & Memorabilia 1992 

1 14

 Research Notes circa 1990-1993   2.0 folders.

6 1-2 (Oversize)

 Chronological Files 1916, 1922-1947, 1949-1953, 1955-1960, 1962-1965, 1968-1969   0.6 linear foot.

Box Folder

  1916 

2 1

  1922 

2 2

  1923 

2 3

  1924 

2 4

  1925 

6 3 (Oversize)

  1926 

6 4 (Oversize)

  1927 

2 5

  1928 

2 6

  1929 

2 7

  1930 

2 8

  1931 

2 9

  1932 

2 10

  1933 

2 11

  1934 

2 12

  1935 

2 13

  1936 

2 14

  1937 

2 15

  1938 

2 16

  1939 

2 17

  1940 

2 18

  1941 

2 19

  1942 

2 20

  1943 

2 21

  1944 

2 22

  1945 

2 23

  1946 

2 24

  1947 

2 25

  1949 

2 26

  1950 

2 27

  1951 

2 28

  1952 

2 29

  1953 

2 30

  1955 

2 31

  1956 

2 32

  1957 

2 33

  1958 

2 34

  1959 

2 35

  1960 

3 1

  1962 

3 2

  1963 

3 3

  1964 

3 4

  1965 

3 5

  1968 

3 6

  1969 

3 7

 Subject Files 1917-circa 1997   1.4 linear feet.

Box Folder

 Army Service 1942 

3 8

 Arrests 1938-1962 

3 9

 Automobiles 1925-1928 

3 10

 Awards 1931, 1957 

3 11

 Ben-Hur (1959) 1959 

3 12

 Benefit Performances 1931 

3 13

 Biographies, Articles & Excerpts 1929-circa 1993   5.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Harrison, Joel L. Bloody Wednesday: The True Story of the Ramon Novarro Murder 1978   Photocopy.

3 14

  1929-circa 1993   2.0 folders.

6 5-6 (Oversize)

 French after 1968 

3 15

 Spanish circa 1962 

3 16
Box Folder

 Biographies (Studio) 1949-1959 

6 7 (Oversize)
Box Envelope

 Biographies of Others circa 1970-1990 

3 17
Box Folder

 Box Office circa 1922-1950 

3 18

 Career (Early) circa 1922-1931 

3 19

 Career (MGM) 1923-1935 

3 20

 Co-Stars circa 1922-1960 

3 21

 Communist Probe 1934 

3 22

 Concerts & Travel 1928-1968 

6 8 (Oversize)

 Contract Negotiations 1928-1935 

3 23

 Death Index 1931-1983 

3 24

 Directors circa 1922-1960 

3 25

 Embezzlement 1932 

3 26

 Endorsements circa 1924-1928 

3 27

 Fan Magazines (unidentified). Clippings circa 1922-1935 

3 28

 Film Advertisements 1926-1937 

3 29

 Film Reviews circa 1922-1950 

3 30

 Film Roles Never Gotten 1925-1959 

3 31

 Filmography circa 1980-1993 

3 32

 Films 1917-1960   0.4 linear foot.

Box Folder

 Across to Singapore 1928 

3 33

 Arab, The 1924 

3 34

 Barbarian, The 1933 

3 35

 Ben-Hur (1925) 1923-1926 

6 9 (Oversize)

 Big Steal, The 1949 

3 36

 Call of the Flesh 1930 

3 37

 Cat and the Fiddle, The 1934 

3 38

 Certain Young Man, A 1928 

3 39

 Comédie du Bonheur, Le 1940 

3 40

 Contra la corriente 1936 

3 41

 Crisis 1950 

4 1

 Daybreak 1931 

4 2

 Desperate Adventure, A 1938 

4 3

 Devil May Care 1929 

4 4

 Flying Fleet, The 1929 

4 5

 Flying Fleet, The.  Icaros (Spanish-language novelization) 1929 

4 6

 Forbidden Hours 1928 

4 7

 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The 1921 

4 8

 Goat, The 1918 

4 9

 Heller in Pink Tights 1960 

4 10

 Hostage, The 1917 

4 11

 Huddle 1932 

4 12

 In Gay Madrid 1930 

4 13

 Laughing Boy 1934 

4 14

 Little American, The 1917 

4 15

 Lovers? 1927 

4 16

 Lover's Oath, A 1925 

4 17

 March of Time, The 1929 

4 18

 Mata Hari 1931 

4 19

 Midshipman, The 1925 

4 20

 Mr. Barnes of New York 1922 

4 21

 Night is Young, The 1935 

4 22

 Outriders, The 1950 

4 23

 Padre Ignacio (never completed) 1956-1957 

4 24

 Pagan, The 1929 

4 25

 Prisoner of Zenda, The 1922 

4 26

 Red Lilly, The 1924 

4 27

 Road to Romance, A 1927 

4 28

 Scaramouche 1923 

4 29

 Sheik Steps Out, The 1937 

4 30

 Small Town Idol, A 1921 

4 31

 Son-Daughter, The 1932 

4 32

 Son of India 1931 

4 33

 Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, The 1927 

6 10 (Oversize)

 Thy Name Is Woman 1924 

4 34

 Trifling Women 1922 

4 35

 Virgen que forjó una patria, La 1944 

4 36

 We Were Strangers 1949 

4 37

 Where the Pavement Ends 1923 

4 38
Box Folder

 Friends 1921-1922, circa 1992-1993 

4 39

 Funeral 1968 

4 40

 Halliburton, Richard circa 1930 

4 41

 Health 1960 

4 42

 Hurrell, George 1976 

4 43

 Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) circa 1997 

4 44

 Interviews 1928-1965 

11 10 (Oversize)

 Later Life 1968 

4 45

 Lawsuits 1931-1946 

4 46

 Mexico 1923-1930 

4 47

 Miscellaneous circa 1922-1991 

4 48

 Murder & Trial 1968-1987   6.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Articles & Excerpts 1968-1987 

7 1 (Oversize)

 Autopsy 1968 

4 49

 Ferguson, Paul & Tom 1968-1975 

4 50

 Murder Investigation 1968-1969 

4 51

 Murder Trial 1969 

4 52

 Murder Trial (Jim Kepner's reports) 1969 

4 53
Box Folder

 Name Change 1924 

5 1

 Novarro, Ramon. Correspondence 1937-1946, 1965 

5 2

 Obituaries 1968 

5 3

 Popularity 1924-1929 

5 4

 Quotes by Ramon Novarro 1927-1965 

5 5

 Ramon Novarro Film Club (UK) 1954-1973 

5 6

 Ramon Novarro Film Club (Ellenberger) 1992-1995 

7 2 (Oversize)

 Ranch 1955 

5 7

 Real Estate 1945 

5 8

 Residences 1930-1992 

5 9

 Samaniego Family 1984-circa 1993 

5 10

 Samaniego Family. Death Certificates 1940-1988 

5 11

 Samaniego, Jacques. Murder Trial 1930-1931 

5 12

 Sound Recordings 1935-1950 

5 13

 Stage Career 1921-1962 

7 3 (Oversize)

 Teatro Intimo 1933 

5 14

 Television Career 1952-1970 

7 4 (Oversize)

 Will 1965-1968 

7 5 (Oversize)

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Series 3:  Series 3. Photographs circa 1900-1968   0.25 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains personal photographs of Novarro and publicity shots and stills from several of his films. The majority of the photographs are contemporary prints or postcards produced by Novarro's studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; however, a number of images, including most of those reproduced in Ellenberger's book, are reproduced from scans. The personal photographs, dating from the 1940s, were acquired by Ellenberger from Novarro's friend Edward Zubbrick. The series also contains a folder of photocopies of photographs published in secondary sources. The images in this folder are private or generic studio publicity shots: photocopies of stills from individual films are placed with other materials relating to those films among the subject files in Series 2: Research Notes and Files (see above).

Arrangement

By subject.

Box Folder

 Personal/Studio Publicity circa 1902-1968 

8 1

 Ferguson, Paul & Tim 1968-1969 

8 2

 Films 1918-1938   18.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Arab, The 1924 

8 3

 Barbarian, The 1933 

8 4

 Ben-Hur 1925 

8 5

 Desperate Adventure, A 1938 

8 6

 Devil May Care 1929 

8 7

 Goat, The 1918 

8 8

 Huddle 1932 

8 9

 Mata Hari 1931 

8 10

 Night is Young, The 1935 

8 11

 Pagan, The 1929 

8 12

 Prisoner of Zenda, The 1922 

8 13

 Red Lilly, The 1924 

8 14

 Sheik Steps Out, The 1937 

8 15

 Son of India 1931 

8 16

 Son-Daughter, The 1932 

8 17

 Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, The 1927 

8 18

 Thy Name Is Woman 1924 

8 19

 Trifling Women 1922 

8 20
Box Folder

 Stage Career 1962 

8 21

 Television Career 1965 

8 22

 Photocopies of Photographs circa 1900-1968 

7 6 (Oversize)

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Series 4:  Series 4. Interviews 1992-1994   25.0 audiocassettes.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains audiotapes of interviews Ellenberger carried out between 1992 and 1994 in the course of researching his book with Novarro's friends, co-stars, and relatives. The most extensive interviews are with Novarro's brother, Jos‚ Samaniego; Anita Page, his co-star in The Flying Fleet (1929); his friends Allan Graener and the "celebrity warlock" Samson De Brier; and Jim Kepner, who covered the trial of Novarro's murderers for the gay press. Several audiotapes contain more than one interview; the following container list gives the name of every person interviewed and the number of the tape on which the interview appears.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by person interviewed.

Box Folder

 Bakewell, William no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 1

 Brown, Forman no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 2

 Cohn, J. J. no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 90 minutes.

10 3

 Cordova, Manuel September 18, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 4

 De Brier, Samson October 4, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 90 minutes.

10 5

 De Brier, Samson October 4, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 6

 De Brier, Samson February 1, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 1

 Graener, Allan January 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 7

 Graener, Allan no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 90 minutes.

10 8

 Graener, Allan no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 1

 Guillaroff, Sydney October 26, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 9

 Hadley-Garcia, George September 17, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 90 minutes.

10 10

 Kepner, Jim October 12, 1992   2 quarter-inch audiocassettes ; 60 minutes.

10 11-12

 Kepner, Jim January 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 7

 Kreuger, Miles November 18, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 45 minutes.

10 13

 Krueger, Kurt November 6, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 14

 La Marr, Carvel October 2, 1992, October 19, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 15

 Lamparski, Richard February 1, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 1

 Lamparski, Richard no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 45 minutes.

10 16

 McAllister, Lon July 4, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 17

 O'Donahue, Joseph J. July 7, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 17

 Page, Anita August 20, 1993   2 quarter-inch audiocassettes ; 60 minutes.

10 18-19

 Pierson, Dennis October 9, 1992   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 4

 Samaniego, B. no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 20

 Samaniego, José April 16, 1994   2 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 90 minutes.

10 21-22

 Schessler, Ken January 19, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 23

 Stenn, David August 31, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 45 minutes.

10 14

 Taaffe, Robert no date   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 60 minutes.

10 20

 Tovar, Lupita June 2, 1994   1 quarter-inch audiocassette ; 90 minutes.

10 24

 Zubbrick, Edward July 24, 1993   1 quarter-inch audiocassette.

10 25

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Series 5:  Series 5. Magnetic Media circa 1990-2002   5 computer diskettes (3.5 inches), 1 DVD, 16 VHS videotapes.

Series Scope and Content

This series contains computer diskettes and videotapes. The diskettes, prepared by Ellenberger, contain the final text of his book and digital copies of informal and publicity photographs of Novarro and his homes, and of stills from several of his films. The DVD, prepared by ONE Archives staff, contains copies of all files on the diskettes with the exception of "rn-garbo-mata-hari.jpg" (photo diskette #1, box 10, which was corrupted and could not be recovered. The videotapes contain copies of several of Novarro's films and television roles. (The episode of Car 54 Where Are You? revolves around a character obsessed with Novarro, who, however, never appears.)

Arrangement

By type.

 Computer Diskettes 1990-2002, August 2008   5 computer diskettes (3.5 inches), 1 DVD.

Box Folder

 Manuscript (final) June 1998-January 1999 

10 26

 Pictures of Laurel Canyon Home January 2002 

10 27

 Photos December 1998-January 2002   2.0 computer diskettes.

10 28-29

 Pictures February 2000-January 2002 

10 30

 DVD August 2008 

Scope and Contents note

Copy, prepared by ONE Archives staff, of all materials on computer diskettes 10 : 26-30.

10 31

 Videotapes 1929-1965   16.0 VHS videotapes.

 Films 1929-1950   14.0 VHS videotapes.

Box Folder

 Barbarian, The 1933 

9 1

 Big Steal, The 1949 

9 2

 Crisis 1950 

9 3

 Desperate Adventure, A 1938 

9 4

 Devil May Care 1929 

9 5

 Huddle 1932 

9 6

 In Gay Madrid 1930 

9 7

 Laughing Boy 1934 

9 8

 Night is Young, The 1935 

9 9

 Outriders, The 1950 

9 10

 Sheik Steps Out, The 1937 

9 11

 Son-Daughter, The 1932 

9 12

 Son of India 1931 

9 13

 We Were Strangers 1949 

9 14

 Television 1961-1965   2.0 VHS videotapes.

Box Folder

 Car 54 Where Are You?, "Love Finds Muldoon" (Episode 8) November 5, 1961 

9 15

 Thriller, "La Strega" January 15, 1962 

9 15

 Bonanza, "The Brass Box" September 26, 1965 

9 8

 Combat, "The Finest Hour" December 21, 1965 

9 16

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Series 6:  Series 6. Oversize 1924-1997   10.0 folders.

Series Scope and Content

This series consists of oversize materials. It includes four film magazines, color photocopies of posters for The Road to Romance (1927) and  Daybreak (1931); original (magazine) and photocopy publicity materials of a general nature and for  Ben-Hur (1925) and its 1959 remake; materials from an undated (1990s) exhibit on  Ben-Hur; several magazine interviews with Novarro; and sheet music for three songs sung by Novarro in his films.

Arrangement

Alphabetical by type.

 Film Magazines 1926-1965 

Box Folder

 Movies Illustrated June 1965 

11 1 (Oversize)

 French-language 1926-1941   3.0 issues.

Box Folder

 La Revue de Manon (Montréal, Canada) November 1, 1926 

11 2 (Oversize)

 Cinémonde (Paris) May 22, 1930 

11 2 (Oversize)

 Le Samedi (Montréal, Canada) April 26, 1941 

11 2 (Oversize)

 Film Posters 1927, 1931   2 color photocopies ; 11.5 x 13 inches.

Box Folder

 Road to Romance, The 1927   1 color photocopy ; 11.5 x 13 inches.

11 3 (Oversize)

 Daybreak 1931   1 color photocopy ; 11.5 x 13 inches.

11 3 (Oversize)

 Films 1924-1959   3.0 folders.

Box Folder

 Ben-Hur (1925). Exhibit Materials (reproductions) 1924-1926   4.0 items.

11 4 (Oversize)

 Ben-Hur (1925). Publicity Photograph (magazine) 1925 

11 5 (Oversize)

 Ben-Hur (1959). Publicity Photograph (Ramon Novarro & Charlton Heston 1959 

11 6 (Oversize)
Box Folder

 Interviews (magazines) 1928-1965 

11 10 (Oversize)

 Photograph. Gilbert Roland and Ramon Novarro circa 1930 

Scope and Contents note

Cover of Frontiers, volume 15, issue 23 (March 21, 1997).

11 7 (Oversize)

 Publicity Photograph (magazine) circa 1930 

11 8 (Oversize)

 Sheet Music 1930-1935 

Box Folder

 "Into My Heart" 1930 

Scope and Contents note

Lyric by Roy Turk, music by Fred Ahlert. From In Gay Madrid.

11 9 (Oversize)

 "Love Songs of the Nile" 1933 

Scope and Contents note

Lyric by Arthur Freed, melody by Nacio Herb Brown. From The Barbarian.

11 9 (Oversize)

 "When I Grow Too Old To Dream 1935 

Scope and Contents note

Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Sigmund Romberg. From The Night Is Young.

11 9 (Oversize)

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