The Last Warning
|The Last Warning|
|Directed by||Paul Leni|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle|
House of Fear (novel)
by Thomas F. Fallon
|Music by||Joseph Cherniavsky|
|Edited by||Robert Carlisle|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
The film was adapted from the 1922 Broadway melodrama mystery The Last Warning written by Thomas F. Fallon based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp, the father of the writer Madeleine L'Engle. The play ran for 238 performances from October 23, 1922, until May 1923 at the Klaw Theatre. This was the last film directed by Leni before his death from blood poisoning in Los Angeles on September 2, 1929.
- Laura La Plante as Doris Terry
- Montagu Love as Arthur McHugh
- Roy D'Arcy as Harvey Carleton
- Margaret Livingston as Evalynda Hendon
- John Boles as Richard Quayle
- Burr McIntosh as Josiah Bunce
- Mack Swain as Robert
- Bert Roach as Mike Brody
- Carrie Daumery as Barbara Morgan
- Slim Summerville as Tommy Wall
Five years after a theater was closed following a murder of one of its actors during a performance, a producer decides to solve the mystery by again staging the play with the remaining cast. During the repeat performance another murder occurs. Eventually it is discovered that the murders were part a ploy devised by the stage manager to sabotage the production.
The film was envisioned as a companion piece to director Leni's earlier The Cat and the Canary, due to that film's great popularity. Though it re-teamed Leni with The Cat and the Canary star Laura La Plante and features a similar style, The Last Warning lacks the supernatural elements of The Cat and the Canary and is therefore usually considered in the mystery genre rather than the horror genre.
The film is often considered one of the last silent films produced by Universal Studios, but it was also released in a "part-talkie" version with a brief minute or two of synch-sound footage added. These scenes have since been lost. 
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