Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Antonio Moreno- The Latin Lover.

In 1914, Moreno began co-starring in a series opposite silent film actress Pearl White. By 1915, Antonio Moreno performed opposite Tyrone Power, Sr., Gloria Swanson, Blanche Sweet, Pola Negri and Dorothy Gish. Moreno was often typecast as the Latin Lover, as were other actors of the era with Latin roots, Ramón Novarro and Rudolph Valentino, to name a few. In 1926 Moreno starred opposite Greta Garbo in, "The Temptress" and the following year followed up with a starring role with Clara Bow in the film, "It". Moreno married American heiress Daisy Canfield Danziger, in 1923, and the couple moved to an estate known as Crestmount, now known as the Canfield-Moreno Estate. Their lasted ten years and ended shortly before Canfield Danziger was killed in an automobile accident. With talkies in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Moreno's career began to fade, because of his Spanish accent. While still acting in English language films, Moreno also began taking parts in Mexican films. During the early 1930s, Moreno directed several well-received Mexican films, among them is the 1932 drama, "Santa", which has been called by film critics as one of the best Mexican films of the era. By the mid-1930s, Antonio Moreno began rebuilding his Hollywood career by taking roles as a character actor. By the mid-1940s and throughout the 1950s, Moreno performed in a number of well received roles, most notably, his role in the classic horror film, "Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)" and his 1955 role as Emilio Figueroa in film director John Ford's western epic, "The Searchers" opposite John Wayne and Natalie Wood. Moreno retired from film in the late 1950s. His film career spanned more than four decades.
Click to view movie: Fiesta (1941).
Cholita (Ann Ayars), after a long absence in Mexico City, is returning home to take up her duties as head of the rancho and, as everyone expects, to marry her childhood sweetheart Jose (Jorge Negrete as George Negrete).

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