HEART TO HEART (1928)
The newly widowed Princess Delatorre (Mary Astor) returns from Italy to the small American town where she grew up as Ellen Guthrie. Arriving a few days earlier than expected, the princess is mistaken for a Mrs. Arden, a local woman with a bad reputation, which then becomes her cover identity in which to explore her hometown incognito. All the town, including her Aunt Katie and Uncle Joe (Louise Fazenda and Lucien Littlefield), is abuzz about the imminent arrival of the princess, whom they expect is a fine, upstanding woman unlike that homewrecker Mrs. Arden. One local does recognize Ellen for who she really is — her former childhood sweetheart, Philip Lennox (Lloyd Hughes), an amateur inventor with good ideas but bad timing (his automatic corkscrew came out just as Prohibition began). A sweet and charming comedy of manners from director William Beaudine, still in the A-list phase of his long and varied career. DIR William Beaudine; SCR Adelaide Heilbron, from a story by Juliet Wilbur Tompkins. U.S., 1928, b&w, 70 min. NOT RATED.
35mm print from the Collection of the Library of Congress.
No AFI Member passes accepted.