Interesting psychological mystery set in the New York of the 1900 with George Brent as a psychiatrist who is drawn into a dark web of menace by a chance meeting on a train. Smoothly directed by Tourneur and expertly played by the three leads, Hedy Lamarr, George Brent and Paul Lukas. Brent was an interesting actor and all the more effective because he was not cut from the same cloth as other leading men of the period. Lamarr (who, in real life, it seems designed guidance systems for torpedoes and forsaw the internet) gives the heroine a nice vulnerability and Lukas exudes European menace. ***
047 THE LAST WARNING (1929) Directed by Paul Leni ***
Paul Leni's last film was arguably the last hurrah of the silent movie. A mixture of old dark house mystery (or rather old dark theatre in this case) and a retread of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (making good use of the Paris Opera House set from that film) the plot is never more than predictably routine. What makes the film fascinating viewing is that Leni uses every trick in the silent director's bag to make the film visually exciting - at one point placing his camera on a swing.
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