Heart of Humanity (1918)
Heart of Humanity
Drama / War / Silent
Directed by Allen Holubar
Cast: Dorothy Phillips, William Stowell and Erich von Stroheim
Director Allen Holubar’s wartime D.W. Griffith imitation – ‘Heart of Humanity’ most closely resembles ‘Hearts of the World’ (1918), with actress/wife Dorothy Phillips unsuccessfully impersonating Lillian Gish. Mr. Griffith took his cast to Europe but Mr. Holubar begins closer to home, “in the heart of Canada”, where Ms. Phillips blossoms. Judging by their longing looks, Phillips could have her pick among widow Margaret Mann’s (as Mary Patricia) sons. Phillips picks the eldest, William Stowell (as John).
This 1918 propaganda war film follows Nanette, a young American girl who resides in a Canadian village. She is in love with John Patricia, the oldest of five brothers. When the war takes place their relationship is interrupted when he is sent off to war.
While Nanette's man is off to war she finds work as a Red Cross nurse. She begins to receive advances from a Lieutenant and John must convince this man that she is his lover.