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The Last Warning (1928)

A producer decides to reopen a theater, that had been closed five years previously when one of the actors was murdered during a performance, by staging a production of the same play with ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Leni

Writers:

Wadsworth Camp (novel), Alfred A. Cohn (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Laura La Plante ... Doris Terry
Montagu Love ... Arthur McHugh
Roy D'Arcy ... Harvey Carleton
Margaret Livingston ... Evalynda Hendon
John Boles ... Richard Quayle
Burr McIntosh ... Josiah Bunce
Mack Swain ... Robert Bunce
Bert Roach ... Mike Brody
Carrie Daumery ... Barbara Morgan
Slim Summerville ... Tommy Wall
Torben Meyer ... Gene
D'Arcy Corrigan ... John Woodford
Bud Phelps Bud Phelps ... Sammy
Charles K. French ... Doctor
Francisco Marán Francisco Marán ... Jeffries
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A producer decides to reopen a theater, that had been closed five years previously when one of the actors was murdered during a performance, by staging a production of the same play with the remaining members of the original cast. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Sets from The Phantom of the Opera (1925) used. See more »

Connections

Remade as The House of Fear (1939) See more »

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Unseen masterpiece of mystery!
6 October 2002 | by the_mysteriousxSee all my reviews

This movie pops up on ebay once in a while and for fans of mystery or horror films, particularly those of Universal, this is a must.

The plot is unimportant - it is about a haunted old theater where an old Broadway play is being brought back despite threats from the ghost of a dead actor.

This film was the last directed by the great Paul Leni. It is really the work of a virtuoso working at his peak. It has everything The Cat and the Canary had and more. The version that seems to be relatively available on video has a good music track too, but unfortunately it seems that the experimental sound sequences the film originally contained have not survived.

Nevertheless, we are lucky that this film has survived as it is such a joyous romp of horror cliches with inventive, wild camera moves and stunning lighting and spooky set design. It foreshadows the great horror classics that were less than two years away for Universal. It is just wonderful filmmaking from a forgotten great director who was at his peak, so if you are into old dark house mysteries or Universal horror movies - FIND IT! - It is one of the best!

8/10 - even better than The Cat and the Canary.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Warnung See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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