The Battle of Hearts

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The Battle of Hearts
Lantern slide
Directed by Oscar Apfel
Produced by Oscar Apfel
William Fox
Written by Oscar Apfel (scenario)
Story by Woman Against the Sea by Frances Marion
Starring William Farnum
Hedda Hopper
Cinematography Alfredo Gandolfi
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 22, 1916 (1916-05-22)
Running time
50 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Scene from the film, from a contemporary newspaper.

The Battle of Hearts is a 1916 American silent drama film written and directed by Oscar Apfel, and produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation. It starred William Farnum and Elda Furry (later known as Hedda Hopper). The story was by Frances Marion, then still an actress herself.[1][2] This is Hopper's first motion picture.[3]

Hopper screened small portions of it in 1942 in her self-produced short series Hedda Hopper's Hollywood. It is unknown if she had a complete print of this film at the time. These portions can be seen today in her 1942 short.


See also


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Battle of Hearts at
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Battle of Hearts
  3. ^ Sicherman, Barbara; Green, Carol Hurd, eds. (1980). Notable American Women: The Modern Period : A Biographical Dictionary (6 ed.). Harvard University Press. p. 350. ISBN 0-674-62733-4. 

External links

  • The Battle of Hearts on IMDb
  • The Battle of Hearts at AllMovie

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