By Ed Sams
Not since Orpheus murdered by maenads has there been such mass hysteria as that resulting from the sudden death of Rudolph Valentino at age 31. Dubbed “The Great Kisser,” Valentino was the matinee idol in a string of silent movie hits. His two turbulent marriages were fodder for gossip. But no one expected his death to create the international sensation that left hundreds of people injured and caused suicides around the world. 32 pages.