Hearts Are Trumps (1920)

Genres - Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 13, 1920 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This Drury Lane melodrama, based on Cecil Raleigh's play, was given top-rate direction by Rex Ingram. Lord Altcar (Winter Hall) wants his daughter, Winifred (Francelia Billington), to marry Lord Burford (Joseph Kilgour). Instead, she secretly weds Michael Wain (Frank Brownlee), the gamekeeper. Lord Altcar angrily flogs Wain and fires him -- separating the lovers. Years pass, and Lady Winifred becomes the owner of Altcar Manor. Her daughter, Dora (Alice Terry), is sent to be raised in a Swiss convent where she becomes engaged to an American artist, John Gillespie (Norman Kennedy). During this time, Wain has become a very wealthy man, and when he discovers that Altcar Manor is heavily mortgaged, he buys up all the deeds and makes plans to foreclose. But then he finds out that he has a daughter, and that she is being pressured by the same Lord Burford who wanted to marry Winifred. To destroy Dora's relationship with Gillespie, Burford doctors a painting he has done of her so that it looks like she posed nude. Dora, horrified, retreats to the convent. Meanwhile, Wain and Winifred have reconciled, and they go to Dora, but Lord Burford has already trapped her in his chalet. Finally, Burford is killed by his accomplice, Maurice Felden (Brinsley Shaw), who wants Dora for himself. Dora escapes from Felden into a snow storm. Winifred, Wain, and Gillespie find her, while Felden dies in an avalanche. Director Rex Ingram fell in love with Alice Terry during production and would marry her within the year.



childbirth, confession [criminal], daughter, forbidden-love, gamekeeper, gold, injustice, marriage, revenge