Think of Ace of Hearts as a very old episode of Creepshow. It's a thriller that asks lots of moral questions about who should live and who should die with a story line that wrapped up in unrequited love. The horror elements of Lon Chaney Sr's better known films [Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera] are absent but in its place is an actor which an amazing ability to convey emotion without saying a word.
Modern audiences need to learn a little bit of patience with silent films. They usually unfold rather slowly and the pacing is different from modern cinema. However, I have grown to enjoy these early films and it's great to see Chaney in a more subtle role. He really is wonderful to watch and his mastery of the craft of acting in silent films cannot be denied.
Give this one a chance. It definitely has its rewards. I watched the restored version which is a part of the Lon Chaney Collection from Turner Classics. This version of Ace has a new musical score that definitely enhanced the experience of watching the film.
I am no expert on silent films. I just know a good film when I see it. Don't miss it.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.