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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.
The Ace of Hearts -- A secret society, "brothers" at odds and an unrequited love.


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4 April 1924 (France) See more »
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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Lon Chaney's performance is the main reason to see it. See more (28 total) »


  (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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Second of four films Lon Chaney made for Goldwyn Pictures.See more »
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Referenced in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) (V)See more »


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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Lon Chaney's performance is the main reason to see it., 20 June 2004
Author: kingdaevid from Phoenix, Arizona, USA

...the plot isn't particularly strong to begin with; one has to have a good knowledge of the post-WW1 "Red Scare" to get out of it what the filmmakers intended, and even then it's not much to speak of. However, that actually works in an odd way, since it allows for this picture to be an example of how Lon Chaney's acting talents contributed to his movies. They truly carry the show here, especially the subtleties of his facial expressions. There's also a rare opportunity to see John Bowers, one of the stars of silent cinema whose career came to a screeching halt with the advent of talkies; the character of Norman Maine in the first two Hollywood productions of A STAR IS BORN was in part based on Bowers. It's also interesting to see the original Goldwyn Pictures logo at the beginning of the picture, before the design was only slightly adapted for use by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer three years later...

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