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Rudolph Valentino:1895-1926 HOLLYWOOD LEGEND

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Uploaded on Jul 28, 2007

He became famous in 1921 with the film
THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE. then
starred in THE SHEIK, BLOOD AND SAND, CAMILLE, THE RETURN OF THE SHEIK, and many
other films. He died in August 1926.
He has become a Hollywood Legend.

song: Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life..
sung by Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald
Lyrics:
"Song Lyrics:
Ah! sweet mystery of life, at last I've found thee;
Ah! At last I know the secret of it all; All the longing, seeking, striving, wait ing, yearning,
The idle hopes, the joys and burning tears that fall!
For 'tis love, and love alone, the world is seeking;
And it's love, and love alone, I've wait - ted for;
And my heart has heard the answer to it's calling --
For it is love that rules for ever - more!"

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
AH! sweet mystery of life, at last I've found thee;
Ah! I know at last the secret of it all;
All the longing, striving, seeking, waiting, yearning,
The burning hopes, the joys and idle tears that fall!

For 'tis love, and love alone, the world is seeking;
And it's love, and love alone, that can reply;
'Tis the answer, ti's the end and all of living,
For it is love alone that rules for aye!

Rida Johnson Young (1869-1926) Lyrics.
There's a long time line and convoluted history to the story behind Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life

Irish composer Victor Herbert(1859-1924) first composed several comic operas (operettas) one of which was Naughty Marietta, that included a setting of this song written circa 1910 by Rida Johnson Young.

Later Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made a film in which Jeanette McDonald sang the song with Nelson Eddy in a scene in the 1934 opperetta.

VICTOR HERBERT- Music
"Upon his arrival in New York in 1886, Herbert began playing, conducting, and composing at a furious pace. By 1894, he had his first operetta staged on Broadway; over the next 22 years, he would compose more than 40 others. His 1903 hit, "Babes in Toyland," brought a childlike innocence to the usually ardent operetta and also gave the world, as his shows usually did, a hit song or two: the lullaby "Toyland" and "March of the Toys" are still played by battalions of high school marching bands who have never even heard the term "operetta."

Unfortunately, Herbert's tunes were more memorable than the work of some of his lyricists: "Ah! sweet mystery of life, at last I've found thee" doesn't seem particularly moving now, but the song proved integral to its show, "Naughty Marietta" (1910), where it actually figured into resolving the plot -- a rare occurrence in operetta. The show itself is generally regarded as the first operetta set in America."

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