in about 100 words or less
US 75m, B&W, Silent
Director: Wallace Worsley; Cast: Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Lon Chaney, Hardee Kirkland
The Ace of Hearts is an unusual melodrama about a secret vigilante society whose members draw from a deck of cards to determine who will have the “honour” of killing their selected target. Feeling more like an episode of the Twilight Zone, Chaney’s character is involved in a love triangle with the sole female member of the society, which ultimately leads to the downfall of their work. The film’s tightly focused script provides little in the way of background or justification, other than their victim is “the man who has lived too long” – which makes this film not only suspenseful, but surprisingly disturbing (Klaus Ming April 2017).