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Hearts Aflame (film)

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Hearts Aflame
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Directed byReginald Barker
Written byJ. G. Hawks
Gordon Rigby
Based onTimber
by Harold Titus
StarringFrank Keenan
Anna Q. Nilsson
Craig Ward
CinematographyPercy Hilburn (French)
Production
company
Distributed byMetro Pictures Corporation
Pathé Consortium Cinéma (France)
Release date
  • January 1, 1923 (1923-01-01)
[1]
Running time
8110 feet[1] (9 reels)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Hearts Aflame is a 1923 American silent melodrama film directed by Reginald Barker and starring Frank Keenan, Anna Q. Nilsson, and Craig Ward. The son of a retired timber baron meets and falls in love with a Michigan woman who refuses to sell her land unless the buyer promises to replant to replace the trees that are to be cut down.

Plot

As described in a film magazine,[2] retired millionaire lumberman Luke Taylor (Keenan) sends his son John (Ward) to Michigan to salvage some logs. While John is there he meets Helen Foraker (Nilsson), who owns a vast amount of uncut timber but refuses to sell unless the purchaser consents to replant the trees. Her forests were left to her by her father who planted them and she seeks to carry out his wish. Jim Harris (Heck), an unscrupulous land dealer, tries to force her to sell the land without this provision. John wires his father to come. The old man insists on buying the land, but also refuses to replant any cuttings. Jim again attempts to get the property for himself and likewise is refused by Helen, so he bribes a half-wit into setting the forest afire. John discovers the fire and rushes to aid. He and Helen take a logging train engine and succeed in bring through some explosives. The men work all night and finally the ridge is blown up, saving half the forest. John then not only agrees to replant the forest, but also to lend Helen any amount of money she needs and gives the two lovers his blessing.

Cast

Ana Q. Nilsson and Craig Ward in a scene
Ana Q. Nilsson and Craig Ward in a scene

Production

Production started in early July 1922.[1]

On August 28, a stunt went terribly awry in the Kootenays, British Columbia.[3] "A six acre plot of ground was soaked with 700 gallons of gasoline and set afire for a scene in which Miss Nilsson was to drive a locomotive through the flames."[1][3] Nilsson was severely burned and required a week to recuperate.[1][3] Craig Ward and cameraman Percy Hilburn, filming from "an asbestos cabinet built on the side of the locomotive", were also injured.[1]

Preservation status

Hearts Aflame is now a lost film.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hearts Aflame (1923)". American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films.
  2. ^ "Hearts Aflame: A Reginald Barker Production Released by Metro". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (6): 324. January 6, 1923.
  3. ^ a b c John Mackie (March 24, 2018). "This Week in History: 1923: The first 'super-picture' filmed in B.C. hits town". Vancouver Sun.
  4. ^ The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Hearts Aflame


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