The Ace of Hearts ★★★

John Bowers, a member of a secret society, is chosen to assassinate a powerful, dangerous, and avaricious man. Bowers, newly married to Leatrice Joy, changes his mind and denounces killing as a means of aiding mankind. Bowers and Joy leave the group knowing that the remaining members will attempt to kill Bowers for his disloyalty. Lon Chaney, who also loves Joy, saves Bowers by destroying the entire group, himself included.

This silent film features Lon Chaney in a rare sympathetic role. The film maintains the viewer’s interest, despite its slow plot development and exaggerated acting by the principals, including Chaney.