The Last Warning. 1929. USA. Directed by Paul Leni. 89 min.
German director Paul Leni did much to establish the style of Universal’s horror films with The Cat and the Canary (1927) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). The 1929 Last Warning, a murder mystery set backstage at a Broadway theater, is equally stylish, but sadly proved to be Leni’s last film; he died of blood poisoning a few months after its release. This major digital restoration comes from Universal’s new preservation division.