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The Ace of Hearts (1921)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 4 April 1924 (France)
A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.

Director:

Wallace Worsley

Writers:

Gouverneur Morris (by), Ruth Wightman (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Farallone
Leatrice Joy ... Lilith
John Bowers ... Forrest
Hardee Kirkland Hardee Kirkland ... Morgridge
Raymond Hatton ... The Menace
Edwin Wallock ... Chemist (as Edwin N. Wallock)
Roy Laidlaw Roy Laidlaw ... Doorkeeper
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Storyline

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 Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

4 April 1924 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As de corazones See more »

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Runtime:

(2000 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Second of four films Lon Chaney made for Goldwyn Pictures. See more »

Crazy Credits

The title frame simply shows a picture of a playing card, the ace of hearts. See more »

Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) commissioned Vivek Maddala to write an orchestral music score for this movie, and also added sound effects for broadcast on TV in 2000, with a running time of 75 minutes. See more »

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Silly Lon Chaney silent meller has its moments, surprisingly.
31 October 2000 | by johnedit-2See all my reviews

Lon Chaney belongs to some middleclass terrorist group that assassinates rich guys. He loves the lone woman in the secret society, but she love another. The plot had to be dumb even in 1921 and Chaney's overacting had to be too much even in those days.

Still, the silent film technique reminds one just how much time is wasted today on mindless dialogue. The film moves quickly and its moody visuals almost makes up for the silly story. When Chaney isn't pounding his chest, his face tells exactly enough.

"The Ace of Hearts" is a fascinating curiosity piece, and it has an excellent and evocative new symphonic score commissioned by Turner Classic Movies. Many thanks to TCM for its preservation and enhancement of our silent film heritage.


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