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The Last Warning (1938)

 -  Mystery  -  6 January 1939 (USA)
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In their third and last teaming, Bill Crane and Doc Williams visit a country estate to investigate threatening letters from the mysterious 'Eye.'


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Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ...
Bill Crane
Frank Jenks ...
Doc Williams
Dawn Day aka Minnie Schultz
Kay Linaker ...
Carla Rodriguez
E.E. Clive ...
Major Barclay
Frances Robinson ...
Linda Essex
Raymond Parker ...
John Essex (as Ray Parker)
Robert Paige ...
Tony Henderson (as Robert Page)
Higgs the Butler
Roland Drew ...
Paul Gomez
Crane Whitley ...
Detective Slocumbe (as Clem Wilencheck)
Orville Caldwell ...
Inspector Wilson
Richard Lane ...
Steve Felson


In their third and last teaming, Bill Crane and Doc Williams visit a country estate to investigate threatening letters from the mysterious 'Eye.'

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based on novel







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6 January 1939 (USA)  »

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The Dead Don't Care  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »


Doc Williams: What were you doing the night those shots were fired at Essex?
Dawn Day: I was busy reloading the gun.
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Last outing for Bill Crane and Doc Williams
13 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1938's "The Last Warning" was number 5 out of the 7 Crime Club mysteries from Universal, the third and last to star Preston Foster as Detective Bill Crane, and Frank Jenks as his sidekick Doc Williams. Set at a country estate owned by Major Barclay (E. E. Clive), the duo do more than their share of mugging, surrounded by beautiful girls around the swimming pool. They have been hired by John Essex (Ray Parker), Barclay's nephew, who has been receiving threatening notes from the mysterious 'Eye,' after which John's sister Linda (Frances Robinson) is kidnapped. Easily the weakest of the Bill Crane trio, the wisecracks not so smooth taken out of their natural element, much like the third 'I Love a Mystery' title, "The Unknown" (1946). A last bit of trivia: the last three Crime Clubs were the only ones included in the popular SHOCK! package issued to television in the late 1950s (only "Mystery of the White Room" actually aired on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater); plus, 1939's "The House of Fear" has often been mistaken for a Crime Club, but was actually a remake of a 1929 part-talkie from director Paul Leni, "The Last Warning," which has no connection to this Crane-Williams feature. The next Crime Club would be "Mystery of the White Room."

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