When I first obtained this candid image of Rudy, I was trying to place where it was taken. Why did that background fencing look so familiar to me? I had recently read the wonderful book on Alla Nazimova by Gavin Lambert. I went back to the book and there it was, a 1920 photo that showed the court next to the pool. Bingo! Now I knew it was taken at the famed location.
Alla Nazimova cast Valentino as her leading man in 1921 version the classic story of Camille. Natacha Rambova received her first screen credit on this film however they mis-spelled her name as "Natasha" While Nazimova's acting may appear over the top by todays standards, I found her fascinating as an actress. I highly recommend the book 'Nazimova' by Gavin Lambert.
Rudy playing hand ball at The Garden of Allah - Circa 1921 Photo taken by Paul Ivano
Same fencing in this 1920 photo from Gavin Lambert's bio on Nazimova
Nazimova & Valentino in 'Camille' Metro Studios 1921