In the silent film era there were two mega matinee idols. One Rudolf Valentino was foreign, dark and had an alluring mystique. The other Dash Buchanan, who was some years younger than his rival, had light hair and was considered the wholesome red blooded boy next door.
Both stars had legions of female fans and could not keep up with their mail. Newspapers had no problem glorifying the infamous rivalry, a rivalry that abruptly ended with the death of Rudolph Valentino on August 23 1926. With his major rival suddenly gone, Dash Buchanan was poised to completely dominate the silent film world. Then in 1927 a picture called The Jazz Singer was released by Warner Brothers. Dash Buchanan was never heard from again. To this day film historians often speculate about whatever happened to him.