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The Last Warning (1938 film)

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The Last Warning
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlbert S. Rogell
Screenplay byEdmund Hartmann[1]
Based onThe Dead Don't Care
by Jonathan Latimer
Produced byIrving Starr[1]
CinematographyGeorge Meehan[1]
Edited byMaurice Wright [1]
Crime Club Productions, Inc.[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1939 (1939-01-06) (United States)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Last Warning is a 1938 American mystery film directed by Albert S. Rogell and written by Edmund Hartmann. It is based on the 1938 novel The Dead Don't Care by Jonathan Latimer. The film stars Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, Kay Linaker, E. E. Clive, Joyce Compton and Frances Robinson. The film was released on January 6, 1939, by Universal Pictures.[2][1]


Detective Bill Crane and his sidekick Doc Williams are hired by John Essex who has been receiving threatening letters, they are sent to his uncle's country estate to investigate and soon enough his sister Linda is kidnapped.



In 1937, Universal Pictures made a deal with Crime Club, who were published of whodunnits.[3][4] Over the next few years Universal released several mystery films in the series.[3] The Last Warning was part of the series, and the last to feature the sleuthing team of Crane and Doc.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Last Warning". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "The Last Warning (1938) - Albert S. Rogell". AllMovie. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ a b Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 175.
  4. ^ a b Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 574.


  • Weaver, Tom; Brunas, Michael; Brunas, John (2007) [1990]. Universal Horrors (2 ed.). McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2974-5.
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