Conrad Veidt slithers across the American silent screen one last time in this drama of jealousy, murder and illusionists. Veidt fans will find much to love (our beloved monster has never looked better) but the overall film is disappointing as it is saddled with a simplistic script and a so-so supporting cast.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Veidt arranges for his enemy to be stabbed to death in a trunk and his romantic rival to be framed for the murder. However, guilt (and pleading from Mary Philbin) overwhelms him and he confesses all before killing himself.
If it were a dessert it would be:
Strawberry Cool-Whip Pie. A genuinely tasty central ingredient surrounded by far more pedestrian elements.
Availability: The Last Performance was released on DVD and Blu-ray as an extra on the Criterion Collection’s edition of Lonesome.