Cast overview:
Monroe Salisbury ...
Rhoda Tuttle
Val Paul ...
Jack Newman
Gretchen Lederer ...
Katherine Newman
Allan Sears ...
John DeWitt
Monte Blue ...
Billy Porter
Neola May ...
Molly (as Princess Neola)


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Release Date:

8 April 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Heart of the Desert  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Red, Red Heart (1918) -- Lost Silent
30 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Concerned about the failing health of Rhoda Tuttle ( Ruth Clifford ), his fiancée, John DeWitt ( Allan Sears ) takes her to the lavish Arizona home of his friends, Jack ( Val Paul ) and Katherine Newman ( Gretchen Lederer ). Although the Newmans try to cheer Rhoda, who has lost her parents in a train wreck, she remains listless and melancholy. While walking in the desert, Rhoda is bitten by a tarantula but is saved by Kut-le ( Monroe Salisbury ), a Yale-educated Indian employed as a superintendent on Newman's irrigation project. Because of his strong belief in the curative effects of life in the desert, Kut-le kidnaps Rhoda and forces her to live in a manner far removed from the comforts and confinements of civilization. Outraged, John and Kut-le's enemy, Billy Porter ( Monte Blue ), search for Rhoda, but after they finally defeat the Indian in a fierce fight, she declares that she prefers to remain with the man who helped her to regain the joy of living.

This 1918 western/drama was based on the novel, The Heart of the Desert (Kut-le of the Desert) by Honore McCue Willsie Morrow. The film was produced by the The Universal Film Company and boasted a cast of popular silent screen stars. Sadly it now remains a lost film.

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