The Heart of Humanity

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The Heart of Humanity
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Directed by Allen Holubar
Produced by Carl Laemmle
Screenplay by Allen Holubar
Olga Scholl
Story by Allen Holubar
Olga Scholl
Starring Dorothy Phillips
William Stowell
Erich von Stroheim
Cinematography Fred LeRoy Granville
Edited by Frank Lawrence
A Jewel Production
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1918 (1918-12-22) (New York City)
  • February 15, 1919 (1919-02-15) (United States)
Running time
110 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Heart of Humanity is a 1918 American silent war propaganda film produced by Universal Pictures and directed by Allen Holubar. The film stars Dorothy Phillips, William Stowell, and Erich von Stroheim.


The film "follows the general theme and construction of the D. W. Griffith film Hearts of the World and, in places, parallels [its] plot".[1] The film was made toward the end of World War I and is known for showcasing von Stroheim as a lecherous 'Hun'.



Nanette (Dorothy Phillips), an American girl living in a small Canadian village, is in love with John Patricia (William Stowell), the eldest of five brothers. The war interrupts their romantic idyll, as everyone goes overseas to Belgium and France. Nanette becomes a Red Cross nurse and is terrorized by the evil Prussian Lt. von Eberhard (Erich von Stroheim). It is up to John to save her from the Hun's advances.


The New York Times criticized the "theatricalities and sentimental artificialities of his plot" but characterized "some of [Holubar]'s battle panoramas [as] among the most comprehensive and vivid ever reproduced on the screen."[1] It pointed out that "children add to the charm and effectiveness of some of the scenes, and their costumes and acting reveal that intelligence and care in direction elsewhere evident in the production. One receives the impression, however, that the making of a few of the scenes in which the children appear was not very good for the children."[1]

Preservation status[edit]

A copy of the film is preserved at the EmGee Film Library and in private collections.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "The Screen". The New York Times. 1918-12-22. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  2. ^ The Heart of Humanity at SilentEra

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