The Last Performance (1929)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Paul Fejös.

Plot Summary

A jealous magician murders his assistant's lover.


Director: Paul Fejös
Carl Laemmle presents. Universal Pictures Corporation
Supervisor: Carl Laemmle Jr
Screenplay/Story: James Ashmore Creelman
Titles: Walter Anthony, Tom Reed
Director of Photography: Hal Mohr
Editors: Edward L. Cahn, Robert Carlisle, Robert Jahns

Conrad Veidt (Erik the Great)
Mary Philbin (Julie)
Leslie Fenton (Buffo)
Fred Mackaye (Mark Royce)
Gustav Partos (theatre manager)
William H. Turner (booking agent)
Anders Randolf (judge)
Sam De Grasse (district attorney)
George Irving (defense attorney)

Alternative Titles

Arte Diabólica – Brazil
En droppe gift – Sweden
Erik the Great Illusionist
Il giustiziere – Italy
Sarlatán – Hungary
Sarlatan – Slovenia



  • Classic Images no.243 (September 1995) pp.C12, 34 – review (Video tape reviews by John DeBartolo)
  • Film Comment vol.10 no.5 (September/October 1974) pp.49-50 – review (by Hal Mohr)


  • Horror and science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.276 – credits
  • Of Gods and Monsters by John T. Soister pp.46-66 – illustrated credits, article
  • by Walt Lee p.253 – credits