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
The original ending to the film picked up after the bomb explodes at the meeting headquarters. Forrest and Lillith are living in a cabin in the woods, and believe that they are safe thanks to Farralone. Rushing back to the cabin to warn Lillith, he sees Morgridge, who tells him that they have nothing to fear - Farralone's sacrifice has taught him that love is the solution, not destruction. This ending was cut on the request of Samuel Goldwyn, who felt that it was too contrived and that the lovers reading about it in the newspaper was a much more satisfying ending. 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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