A secret society holds a meeting to determine what to do about a powerful and dangerous man whom they have been studying closely for the past three months. They all agree that he deserves to die. Two of the members, Farallone and Forrest, are both in love with Lilith, the group's only female member. But Lilith accepts neither of them, preferring to devote herself to the group's cause. When the group meets again and deals cards to all the members, Forrest draws the ace of hearts, meaning that he will be the one to carry out the assassination. Lilith then suddenly agrees to marry him, in order to give him courage. But after their first night together, both of them begin to feel differently about what they have planned. Written by
Lon Chaney's character was originally called Rattavich, but the name was softened to Farralone to appease censors, who felt that the original name was too unsubtle as to the origins of the group. See more »
The title frame simply shows a picture of a playing card, the ace of hearts. See more »
An intriguing silent Lon Chaney thriller, it is a weak film plot-wise, with heavy-handed messages and a lame moral, but Chaney is excellent in it, with his very expressive face, and there are many intense moments even when what is happening is not well explained. In fact, the lacking character and plot detail makes it more fascinating to view. The basic story is conventional but it has mystery elements worked well into it. The restoration soundtrack is very good too, and for its time, it is quite well made overall. Well melded flashbacks through dissolves and bird's eye view photography are among the techniques cleverly used in the film.
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