The Understanding Heart

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The Understanding Heart
Directed by Jack Conway
Written by Joseph Farnham (titles)
Screenplay by Edward T. Lowe, Jr.
Based on The Understanding Heart
by Peter B. Kyne
Starring Joan Crawford
Rockliffe Fellowes
Francis X. Bushman, Jr.
Carmel Myers
Cinematography John Arnold
Edited by John English
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 26, 1927 (1927-02-26)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Understanding Heart is a 1927 American silent adventure drama film directed by Jack Conway and stars Joan Crawford in an early leading role. The film was adapted for the screen by Edward T. Lowe, Jr. from the novel of the same name by Peter B. Kyne.[1]


Forest ranger Bob Mason (Fellowes) kills a man in self-defense. Kelcey Dale (Carmel Myers), to whom Bob is attracted, commits perjury and causes him to be convicted for murder. Bob escapes and is sheltered by Kelcey's sister, Monica Dale (Crawford).


Production notes[edit]

The Understanding Heart features footage of fires used in the 1926 film The Fire Brigade.[2]


  1. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J. (1970). The Films Of Joan Crawford. p. 47. 
  2. ^ "The Understanding Heart (1927)". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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