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The Ace of Hearts -- A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.

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Release Date:
4 April 1924 (France) See more »
Plot:
A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Lovely for its time See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney ... Farallone

Leatrice Joy ... Lilith

John Bowers ... Forrest
Hardee Kirkland ... Morgridge

Raymond Hatton ... The Menace
Edwin Wallock ... Chemist (as Edwin N. Wallock)
Roy Laidlaw ... Doorkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cullen Landis ... Young Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
Wallace Worsley 
 
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Gouverneur Morris  by
Ruth Wightman  scenario

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Vivek Maddala (2000)
 
Cinematography by
Don Short (photography by) (as Donovan Short)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Music Department
Vivek Maddala .... orchestrator: 2000 score
 
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75 min (2000 alternate version) (21 fps)
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Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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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 »
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Surely Gouverneur Morris didn't write the story this film was based on.
Does Lon Chaney wear his usual macabre makeup for this role?
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Lovely for its time, 28 January 2005
Author: slyboots2 from United States

I think it's a mistake to compare silent movies in general to modern films. The medium is just plain different- subtlety isn't a strong point- kind of like vaudeville. This movie is a great little snippet of history. The story- about anarchists preparing to assassinate a "bad man" is very current for its time- only 3 years after WWI- caused by the assassination of a world figure by an anarchist. So, the message of the movie, that love trumps anarchy was current, and timely. Lon Chaney was a master of silent emoting- and yes, perhaps the acting seems stylized and mannered, but taken in context, it's a great deal of fun. It's also an interesting portrayal of a woman within a political movement- first as an ideologue detached from love and romance and then as a woman consumed by her passion and ready for her husband to abandon his principles to remain at her side. She's in some ways the villain of this piece- and in some ways the hero. Very nice shades of ethical grays.

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