The Last Edition (1925)


The hectic life of a seasoned journalist, who’s busy getting out the latest edition of The San Francisco Chronicle. The director follows the editor on his rambles through the city and offers a lively account of the din of the newspaper office – all the way from collecting information to going to press and distributing the newspaper. The historical images of San Francisco are something special: we see landmark buildings like the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building, City Hall and the Pickwick Hotel.

Director: Emory Johnson.
Writer: Emilie Johnson (story), Emilie Johnson (scenario).
Stars: Ralph Lewis, Lila Leslie, Ray Hallor, Frances Teague, Rex Lease, Louis Payne, David Kirby, Wade Boteler, Cuyler Supplee, Lee Willard, Will Frank, Ada Mae Vaughn, William Bakewell, Tom O’Brien, Daniel J. O’Brien.


Note: Many thanks to Jorge for sending me a copy of this movie.


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  1. Patrick Trimble
    December 31, 2020

    It is interesting that this photoplay dedicated to the workings of a 1920’s newspaper named The San Francisco Chronicle, a paper founded in the 1860’s and currently owned by the Hearst Company. That is why the Hearst foundation helped support it restoration & perhaps why the newspaper Charles Kane purchases in CITIZEN KANE is also called The Chronicle. Starring old-time silent film star, Ralph Lewis, who played an early version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, it is a meandering tale of a family deeply embedded in the daily working of the paper.. Slow & ratheer stately, the plot seems to bounce from episode to episode until it finishes on a flurry of action. Engaging & unique as a semi-lost film. Thanks Jon for showing!

  2. L. Dora
    January 6, 2021

    Beautifully restored!

  3. carol tenge
    March 1, 2023

    Just a *** great film. Enjoyed all of it. Good ending!

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