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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 »
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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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The Ace of Hearts Wants Them Tarts See more (28 total) »

Cast

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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 
 
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Vivek Maddala .... orchestrator: 2000 score
 
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75 min (2000 alternate version) (21 fps)
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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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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Ace of Hearts Wants Them Tarts, 25 January 2005
Author: Mike-764 (michaelnella@yahoo.com) from Flushing, NY

An anarchist group holds their clandestine meetings to discuss the elimination of people in high power who are deemed wasting their prestige and power. The group decides on a "Man Who Has Lived Too Long" who should be eliminated and deal the cards until the Ace of Hearts determines who is to be the assassin. Forrest receives the card and is proud of it, one reason is that it impresses Lilith, a fellow member of the group to the point of the two marrying to test their bravery. The marriage saddens Farallone who was hoping to draw the ace to impress Lillith. After the first night of marriage (and the eve of Forrest carrying out his assignment), Lilith fears that their love will give Forrest a change of heart, but he says he will fulfill his duty. The next day while Forrest is in preparation of his duty, Lilith runs to Farallone to plead to save Forrest if anything happens to him, even though he tries to force his love upon her in case of Forrest's death. An OK film that just can't seem to escape the melodrama stigma that prevails throughout which sometimes smothers the suspense that the film should be portraying. The acting is somewhat bland, even by Chaney who just does not seem to be wanting to give his all. Worsley's directing seems to be going in all different directions of melodrama, romance, and suspense (which does look good at times), but can't maintain stability. The restored version by TCM has a very good score by Madala. Rating, 4.

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