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 Last Warning is a 1929 American mystery film directed by Paul Leni. It is a companion piece to Universal Pictures 1927 production of The Cat and the Canary. This was the last film directed by Leni before his death from blood poisoning in Los Angeles on September 2, 1929. It 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.
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 Last Warning at the Internet Movie Database
- The Last Warning is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- The Last Warning at AllMovie
- The Last Warning review at the New York Times
- Internet Broadway Database "The Last Warning"
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