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½ October 14, 2015
I was not a big fan of this film. It took too long to tell the story and I thought that this film could have been edited better. This film has scenes in it which I felt did not add to the story such as a case where two characters bump each other as they are walking the streets could have been cut out because it was ill-relevant to the story plot. The ending was stupid. The sets were good but the story was not exactly clear or well told. It never made sense what this group was and why the obvious punishment was always killing.
½ May 21, 2015
ok silent political drama
½ July 6, 2014
The themes of love, honor, unrequited love and self-sacrifice pervade this fine suspense thriller--Vintage Chaney...!!
July 31, 2013
A good chance to Lon Chaney in a dramatic role before his Universal horror success.
May 13, 2012
A little over-dramatic at times, but I guess that's expected being this is a silent film and most of the actors come from the stage.
Super Reviewer
July 13, 2011
I really liked this movie, the cinematography and acting made the story so suspenseful and thrilling. The romance part of the story may be a bit over the top, but it's okay. I loved the ending too. I highly recommend this movie, it's good.
May 31, 2011
A little over-dramatic at times, but I guess that's expected being this is a silent film and most of the actors come from the stage.
March 7, 2011
Good movie. A little over-dramatic at times, but I guess that's expected being this is a silent film and most of the actors come from the stage. This may be the oldest movie I've watched. Lon Chaney's hair is pimp.
½ January 27, 2011
Lon as a lonely, also-ran anarchist. The vigil in the rain is a heartbreaker.
May 27, 2010
The Lon Chaney silent suspense thriller ?Ace of Hearts? ranks as one of the great thespian?s less compelling films. First, he doesn?t conceal himself beneath layers of make-up. He is basically Lon Chaney with long hair. Second, the action is appallingly dreary without a hint of humor.

A secret society has decided at one of their clandestine meetings that an individual who had opportunities to change the world but did not must now die. They plan to blow him up with a powerful but small explosive device that looks rather benign. The Lon Chaney character Mr. Farallone is a member of this august body of men that has as one of its members a beautiful young lady. Lilith has dedicated herself to the society or what the members refer to as ?the Cause.? After the group agrees that the man should die, they hold another meeting when Lilith (Leatrice Joy) deals from a deck of playing cards to determine who will kill the man. The individual who receives the ace of hearts will serve as the executioner. Lilith deals the ace of hearts to the man who has been trying to romance her, Mr. Forrest (John Bowers), and he values the opportunity to carry out the execution. Of course, Farallone is disappointed that he did not receive the card. Lilith and Forrest get married and spend a night together before he goes off to carry out his orders. Forrest works as a waiter at the restaurant that the man who has lived too long usually enjoys his breakfast.

A problem arises for Forrest because a young married couple end up sitting at a nearby table, and Forrest doesn?t want to destroy their lives when he blows his target to smithereens. Forrest returns to the group of older men and Lilith and explains that he refused to blow up the target because of the young couple. The group dismisses Forrest and his wife. They are determined to punish Forrest for his failure to obey orders. They have a similar drawing to the earlier one and Farallone receives the infamous ace of hearts. Instead of blowing up Forrest and his wife, Farallone detonates the bomb in the room with the conspirators and they are all blasted to bits. Lilith and Forrest are getting off a train when they hear the newsboy hawking his papers and buy one to read about the explosion. ?The Ace of Hearts? was another in a long line of Chaney pictures where he sacrificed himself for the love of a woman. Here, he sacrifices himself so that Lilith and Forrest can live.

?The Ace of Hearts? occurs in drab rooms with groups of older men discussing what will happen in the story. Although this movie made a little money, the critics bestowed more praise on it than audiences. Clocking in at 75 minutes, ?The Ace of Hearts? appropriates the paranoia communism had bred with the Red Scare in America in 1919 to 1921. The Ruth Wightman screenplay never identifies the murderous brotherhood nor the man that the brotherhood means to kill. The narrative is painfully generic and neither the Cause nor the capitalist (Raymond Hatton) that they intend to eliminate are fleshed out in any detail.
May 27, 2010
The Lon Chaney silent suspense thriller ‚??Ace of Hearts‚?? ranks as one of the great thespian‚??s less compelling films. First, he doesn‚??t conceal himself beneath layers of make-up. He is basically Lon Chaney with long hair. Second, the action is appallingly dreary without a hint of humor.

A secret society has decided at one of their clandestine meetings that an individual who had opportunities to change the world but did not must now die. They plan to blow him up with a powerful but small explosive device that looks rather benign. The Lon Chaney character Mr. Farallone is a member of this august body of men that has as one of its members a beautiful young lady. Lilith has dedicated herself to the society or what the members refer to as ‚??the Cause.‚?? After the group agrees that the man should die, they hold another meeting when Lilith (Leatrice Joy) deals from a deck of playing cards to determine who will kill the man. The individual who receives the ace of hearts will serve as the executioner. Lilith deals the ace of hearts to the man who has been trying to romance her, Mr. Forrest (John Bowers), and he values the opportunity to carry out the execution. Of course, Farallone is disappointed that he did not receive the card. Lilith and Forrest get married and spend a night together before he goes off to carry out his orders. Forrest works as a waiter at the restaurant that the man who has lived too long usually enjoys his breakfast.

A problem arises for Forrest because a young married couple end up sitting at a nearby table, and Forrest doesn‚??t want to destroy their lives when he blows his target to smithereens. Forrest returns to the group of older men and Lilith and explains that he refused to blow up the target because of the young couple. The group dismisses Forrest and his wife. They are determined to punish Forrest for his failure to obey orders. They have a similar drawing to the earlier one and Farallone receives the infamous ace of hearts. Instead of blowing up Forrest and his wife, Farallone detonates the bomb in the room with the conspirators and they are all blasted to bits. Lilith and Forrest are getting off a train when they hear the newsboy hawking his papers and buy one to read about the explosion. ‚??The Ace of Hearts‚?? was another in a long line of Chaney pictures where he sacrificed himself for the love of a woman. Here, he sacrifices himself so that Lilith and Forrest can live.

‚??The Ace of Hearts‚?? occurs in drab rooms with groups of older men discussing what will happen in the story. Although this movie made a little money, the critics bestowed more praise on it than audiences. Clocking in at 75 minutes, ‚??The Ace of Hearts‚?? appropriates the paranoia communism had bred with the Red Scare in America in 1919 to 1921. The Ruth Wightman screenplay never identifies the murderous brotherhood nor the man that the brotherhood means to kill. The narrative is painfully generic and neither the Cause nor the capitalist (Raymond Hatton) that they intend to eliminate are fleshed out in any detail.
½ January 9, 2010
I'm impressed... this silent film proves you don't need dialogue and lots of action to make a great film. The Ace of Hearts is enjoyable and engaging and Vivek Maddala created an excellent score.
October 18, 2009
Brilliant suspense melodrama with Chaney in fine form.
½ September 7, 2009
There were a lot of little things I liked about this: the chaptered structure, several group compositions that seemed derived from paintings, the fact that we learn little about the secret society and even less about why exactly The Man Who Lived Too Long lived too long in the group's estimation - these last two seem to have been kept pointedly vague so as to keep both an air of mystery and the focus on the love triangle. Chaney's given better performances, but he's still entertaining here, providing an appropriate level of pathos as well as repeatedly proving he can deliver one of my favorite glowers in all of cinema.
rubystevens
Super Reviewer
½ September 6, 2009
lon chaney once again gives his all for love in this tale of a secret society whose mission is assassinating greedy capitalists
September 6, 2009
another good one from the man of a 1000 faces
½ March 20, 2009
I'm enjoying Lon Chaney more and more. The effort he puts in each performance is moving. The problem is that he tends to play the same character most of the time. The Ace of Hearts is another story where Lon Chaney plays a man in love with a woman he can never have. The story reminds me a lot of Cyrano de Bergerac, but I love the dark atmosphere. The version I saw (off the TCM Archives DVD) has wonderful and very fitting music.
½ February 4, 2009
Good movie. A little over-dramatic at times, but I guess that's expected being this is a silent film and most of the actors come from the stage. This may be the oldest movie I've watched. Lon Chaney's hair is pimp.
February 25, 2008
A great performance from Lon Chaney, that's about all there is to say about it.
½ December 19, 2007
Classic Chaney silent about forbidden love in a secret society. Good stuff.
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