The Last Performance

The Last Performance

Infobox Film
name = The Last Performance

imdb_id = 0020078
writer = Walter Anthony
James Ashmore Creelman
Tom Reed
starring = Conrad Veidt
Mary Philbin
director = Paul Fejos
producer =
distributor = Universal Pictures
released = 1929
runtime = 69 min.
language = English
country = USA
music = Sam Perry
awards =
budget =
amg_id = 1:98776

"The Last Performance" was the last American silent film Conrad Veidt featured in before he returned to Germany. Two versions were made - a silent version and Movietone version complete with music, talking sequences, and sound effects. The silent version was first played at the Variety at the Little Carnegie Theater in New York in November 1929.

The film was shot on the same set as the The Phantom of the Opera, and contained an early use of zoom effects.

The film received mixed reviews. While Photoplay wrote "Conrad Veidt as a magician in a much over-acted and over-directed film", The New York Times on 8 November 1929 wrote [cite web
author = John DeBartolo
title = "The Last Performance" (1929)
year = 2002
url =
language = English
accessdate = 2006-07-20
] :

"Dr. Fejos has handled his scenes with no small degree of imagination. Mr. Veidt's clever acting and Mary Philbin's captivating charm, this picture holds one's attention. Moreover, the narrative is developed with a certain force and skill. While some of the straight camera work is not up to scratch, there are a number of photographic feats that are quite effective. It is a picture that looks older than it really is, especially in the tinted portions where one goes from an amber interior scene to an azure blue night in the open."


In the film, Conrad Veidt stars as Erik the Great, a sinister stage Magician who falls in love with a woman half his age, Julie, played by Mary Philbin. A young thief, Mark Royce (played by Fred MacKaye) is caught stealing from Erik's apartment and is taken in at Julie's suggestion. Secretly she falls in love with the new apprentice. However, Erik's other apprentice, Buffo (played by Leslie Fenton) becomes aware of Julie's love for Mark, and driven by jealousy tells his master. Buffo is later found killed, and Mark is the prime suspect.


*Leslie Fenton
*Fred MacKaye
*Gusztáv Pártos
*William H. Turner
*Anders Randolf
*Sam De Grasse
*George Irving


External links

*Imdb title|0020078
* [ New York Times - plot description]

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