The Understanding Heart

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]

The Understanding Heart
Directed byJack Conway
Written byJoseph Farnham (titles)
Screenplay byEdward T. Lowe, Jr.
Based onThe Understanding Heart
by Peter B. Kyne
StarringJoan Crawford
Rockliffe Fellowes
Francis X. Bushman, Jr.
Carmel Myers
CinematographyJohn Arnold
Edited byJohn English
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 26, 1927 (1927-02-26)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


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).


Preservation status

  • A print was preserved by the MGM Studios.[2]

Production notes

The Understanding Heart features footage of fires used in the 1926 film The Fire Brigade.[3]


  1. Quirk, Lawrence J. (1970). The Films Of Joan Crawford. p. 47.
  2. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Understanding Heart
  3. "The Understanding Heart (1927)". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
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