The Ace of Hearts (1921)

Drama | October 1921

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HISTORY

The 16 Apr 1921 Camera reported that Reginald Barker's next production would be Who Shall Judge? a Gouverneur Morris story first titled The Hangman. The same issue mentioned that Jack Gilbert was engaged to play the lead. However, neither Barker nor Gilbert was involved with making the film, whose title was soon changed to The Ace of Hearts.
       A week of filming was scheduled to take place in Pine Crest, CA, in early Apr 1921, according to the same magazine. Several items from weeks apart appeared on the same page, so that Who Will Judge? and The Ace of Hearts were mentioned concurrently. The 23 Apr 1921 Camera mentioned that the production had returned to the studio from Pine Crest.
       On 18 Mar 1921, FD announced that production began that week at the Samuel Goldwyn Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Two weeks later, a 1 Apr 1921 FD news item reported the casting of Lon Chaney and Leatrice Joy, who had recently starred together in Goldwyn Pictures’ The Night Rose (1921, see entry). Production was still underway as of 26 Apr 1921, as a FD brief published that day stated that the company was moving to the Pinecrest Lake resort of Tuoumne County, CA, to shoot exteriors. Filming was completed the last week of Apr 1921, as stated in a 5 May 1921 FD column.
       The Ace of Hearts is extant and widely available. ...

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The 16 Apr 1921 Camera reported that Reginald Barker's next production would be Who Shall Judge? a Gouverneur Morris story first titled The Hangman. The same issue mentioned that Jack Gilbert was engaged to play the lead. However, neither Barker nor Gilbert was involved with making the film, whose title was soon changed to The Ace of Hearts.
       A week of filming was scheduled to take place in Pine Crest, CA, in early Apr 1921, according to the same magazine. Several items from weeks apart appeared on the same page, so that Who Will Judge? and The Ace of Hearts were mentioned concurrently. The 23 Apr 1921 Camera mentioned that the production had returned to the studio from Pine Crest.
       On 18 Mar 1921, FD announced that production began that week at the Samuel Goldwyn Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Two weeks later, a 1 Apr 1921 FD news item reported the casting of Lon Chaney and Leatrice Joy, who had recently starred together in Goldwyn Pictures’ The Night Rose (1921, see entry). Production was still underway as of 26 Apr 1921, as a FD brief published that day stated that the company was moving to the Pinecrest Lake resort of Tuoumne County, CA, to shoot exteriors. Filming was completed the last week of Apr 1921, as stated in a 5 May 1921 FD column.
       The Ace of Hearts is extant and widely available.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
16 Apr 1921
p. 4, 7
Camera
23 Apr 1921
p. 4
Film Daily
18 Mar 1921
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Film Daily
1 Apr 1921
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Film Daily
26 Apr 1921
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Film Daily
5 May 1921
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Film Daily
30 Oct 1921
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Variety
28 Oct 1921
p. 35
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Hangman
Who Shall Judge?
Release Date:
October 1921
Premiere Information:
Omaha premiere: 17 Sep 1921
Production Date:
mid Mar--late Apr 1921
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
9 September 1921
LP16948
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,883
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The members of a radical secret society decide that a wealthy citizen whom they despise must be disposed of. Cards are drawn, and the fatal ace of hearts falls to a young man named Forrest, who is in love with Lilith, a society member who is interested only in the cause but who nevertheless promises to marry him. Discovering that she actually loves him, Lilith begs him to flee, but he returns to the society declaring his inability to fulfill his task because he would have caused the death of two young lovers in the vicinity. The members meet to decide their fate, and Farralone, who has promised Lilith to save her husband, sets off a bomb, which kills the conspiratorial ...

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The members of a radical secret society decide that a wealthy citizen whom they despise must be disposed of. Cards are drawn, and the fatal ace of hearts falls to a young man named Forrest, who is in love with Lilith, a society member who is interested only in the cause but who nevertheless promises to marry him. Discovering that she actually loves him, Lilith begs him to flee, but he returns to the society declaring his inability to fulfill his task because he would have caused the death of two young lovers in the vicinity. The members meet to decide their fate, and Farralone, who has promised Lilith to save her husband, sets off a bomb, which kills the conspiratorial band.

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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