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The Ace Of Hearts Review


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Lon Chaney's The Ace of Hearts is, as far as I can recall, the darkest silent film I've ever seen. For a movie made in 1921, an era best known for Charlie Chaplin slapstick, this is some heavy stuff.

To wit: A secret society holds a meeting to determine whether some local fatcat is too big for his britches. They agree: He is. So they draw cards to determine who will be in charge of his murder. Whoever gets the ace of hearts is the trigger man. (We get the feeling this is a regular deal for these guys.)

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