Coming upon a burning cabin, David Brent ( Harry Carey ) discovers the body of Jim Drew ( Arthur Millett ), who had been killed in a fight with a drunken Indian. Brent finds in Drew's pocket a letter announcing the impending arrival of Drew's daughter Lorelei. Feeling an obligation to Drew, who once saved his life, Brent journeys to San Francisco to meet Lorelei Drew( Mignonne Golden ), who mistakes him for her father. Brent cannot bring himself to break the bad news to her, and does not correct her false assumption. Intending to send her to finishing school, he takes her back to his ranch, where he incurs the suspicion of Bob Harding ( Charles Le Moyne ), a neighbor who covets Brent's land, and Gordon Swayne ( Frank Braidwood ), a young engineer attracted to Lorelei. Harding discovers Brent's deception and reveals the suspicious-looking situation to Swayne. After beating Harding for his suggestion that Brent has indecent designs on Lorelei, Brent, who has fallen in love with the girl, resolves to leave the house. Lorelei, learning of Brent's charade before his departure, tells him that she loves him too, and the two are united.
This 1921 silent western/drama was produced by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, with the scenario by Val Paul, from a screen story by film star Harry Carey. The survival status of Hearts Up is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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