Still looking for a Dolores Star
In late 1928, Hollywood was concerned with the conversion to sound films. On 29 March, at Mary Pickford's bungalow, United Artists brought together Pickford, del Río, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Norma Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore, and D.W. Griffith to speak on the radio show The Dodge Brothers Hour to prove they could meet the challenge of talking movies. Del Río surprised the audience by singing "Ramona" proving to be an actress with skills for sound cinema.
Fairbanks, "The King of Hollywood," of course, learned the trade in Denver.
Silent film star Douglas Fairbanks began acting at an early age, in amateur theatre in Denver, performing in summer stock at the Elitch Gardens Theatre, and other productions sponsored by Margaret Fealy, who ran an acting school for young people in Denver, at the time.
Though he started high school at Denver East High School, he was expelled for cutting the wires on the school piano.
Though widely considered as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during
the 1910s and1920s, Fairbanks' career rapidly declined with the advent
of the "talkies."
"Swashbuckled in Zorro, duelled exuberantly in Robin Hood, and soared magnificently in The Thief of Bagdad, " wrote Pamela Hutchinson recently for The Guardian, he often described as one of Hollywood’s founding fathers. In 1919, together with his best friend Charlie Chaplin, his bride-to-be Mary Pickford, and director D.W. Griffith, he started the United Artists studio, which is still, despite some recent uncertainties, a Hollywood player.
Dolores Del Río was also considered one of the more important
female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and
1950s. Del Río is remembered as one of the most beautiful faces of the
cinema in her time. Her long and varied career (over 50 years) spanned silent film,
sound film, television, stage and radio.
According to the stories, and personal knowledge of the building as a kid growing up in Dolores, the big hotel included a ballroom and large restaurant that served famous guests such as silent film star Clara Bow, passing through town. Abandoned after a fire, the hotel was partially restored in the early 2000s, only to see the developer run afoul of complex local regulations and abandon the project.
View of the Del Rio Hotel in Dolores (Montezuma County), Colorado. The three-story Chateau-style hotel has a stucco surface, a steep gabled roof, dormer windows, a corner entrance, and large windows on the first floor. Men stand on the sidewalk near scaffolding and construction equipment. A sign on a building next door reads: "Stroud's Cash Store, Groceries, Dry Goods, Meats."
Handwritten on envelope: "C-Dolores-Hotels."; Penciled on verso: "Built April, 1931."