Thursday, January 28, 2010

RAMON NOVARRO- Silent Film Star.

Born José Ramón Gil Samaniego in Durango, Mexico, he moved to Los Angeles, California to get away from the 1913 Mexican Revolution. Ramon, is second cousin of the Mexican actresses Dolores del Río and Andrea Palma, he began his career in films in 1917 playing bit parts, he also had to supplement his income by working as a singing waiter. Actor and director Rex Ingram and his wife, actress Alice Terry, promoted to him to rival Rudolph Valentino and had him change his name to "Novarro". His first major role was in Scaramouche(1923). In 1925, he achieved his greatest success in Ben-Hur. With Valentino's death in 1926, he became one of the screen's leading Latin actors, just below John Gilbert. He performed in many swashbuckler action roles, and was also thought of as one of the great romantic lead actors of his day. Novarro appeared with Norma Shearer in The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) and performed with Joan Crawford in Across to Singapore in 1928. He made his first talking film, starring as a singing French soldier, in Devil-May-Care (1929). Novarro performed with Greta Garbo in Mata Hari (1932) and played opposite Myrna Loy in The Barbarian (1933).

Crisis (1950)
The Outriders (1950)
The Big Steal (1949)
We Were Strangers (1949)
La Virgen que forjó una patria (1942)
La Comédie du bonheur (1940)
A Desperate Adventure(1938)
The Sheik Steps Out (1937)
Contra la corriente (1936)
The Night Is Young(1935)
Laughing Boy (1934)
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
The Barbarian (1933)
Huddle (1932)
The Son-Daughter (1932)
The Christmas Party (1931)
Mata Hari (1931)
Son of India(1931)
Chanteur de Séville, Le (1930)
Sevilla de mis amores (1930)
Call of the Flesh (1930)
In Gay Madrid (1930)
The Pagan (1929)
Devil-May-Care (1929)
The Flying Fleet(1929)
Forbidden Hours (1928)
A Certain Young Man (1928)
Across to Singapore (1928)
The Road to Romance (1927)
Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, The (1927)
The Midshipman (1925)
A Lover's Oath (1925)
The Red Lily (1924)
The Arab(1924)
Thy Name Is Woman (1924)
Scaramouche (1923)
Where the Pavement Ends (1923)
Trifling Women (1922)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)


  1. Dawn, I love your review on Ramon Novarro. I've seen many of his films and in the future I will be writing a review on films like Road to Singapore and his last silent, The Pagan. I would love to see The Barbarian.

  2. Silent, Iam looking forward to reading your future Ramon Novarro, reviews.

  3. silent, I 'm still working on Ramon's list of films. Will add it to his mini profile soon.

  4. I just saw Novarro in The Barbarian. It was an amusing take on the whole Valentino/sheik thing. He was very clever in the role.

  5. KC, I can not wait to see The Barbarian.


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