The Battle of Hearts

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The Battle of Hearts
Lantern slide
Directed by Oscar Apfel
Written byOscar Apfel (scenario)
Story byWoman Against the Sea by Frances Marion
Produced byOscar Apfel
William Fox
Starring William Farnum
Hedda Hopper
CinematographyAlfredo Gandolfi
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • May 22, 1916 (1916-05-22)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Scene from the film, from a contemporary newspaper. The Battle of Hearts1916newspaper.jpg
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 written by Frances Marion, then still an actress herself. [1] [2] This was Hopper's first motion picture. [3]


Most of the film is lost. 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 and are the only known surviving footage from the film.


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  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.