“The Ace of Hearts” is a silent film released in 1921, directed by Wallace Worsley. The movie follows the story of a secret society that seeks to eliminate people they believe are unworthy of life.
The movie is set in San Francisco, and Lilith (played by Leatrice Joy) is the daughter of a wealthy man. She falls in love with one of the members of the secret society, Forrest (played by John Bowers). Lilith is soon initiated into the society, and Forrest reveals to her that their next target is a man named Farallone (played by Lon Chaney).
Lilith discovers that the society uses a deck of cards to determine who their next victim will be. Forrest is the Ace of Hearts, and he chooses the targets. Lilith draws the King of Hearts and is given the task of carrying out the assassination of Farallone.
However, Lilith starts to have doubts about the morality of the society’s actions. She meets Farallone and discovers that he is a kind man who does not deserve to die. She decides to warn him about the society’s plans and risks her own life in the process.
In the end, the society’s plan is foiled, and Forrest is killed in the process. Lilith and Farallone end up together, and Lilith is relieved to have put an end to the society’s ruthless actions.
“The Ace of Hearts” is notable for its striking visual style, use of shadow and dramatic lighting, and exploration of themes such as morality, love, and loyalty. It was well-received upon its release and is considered a classic of the silent era.
Gouverneur Morris, Ruth Wightman
Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Lon Chaney