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The Vampire Bat (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 21 January 1933 (USA)
When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)

Writer:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen story) (as Edward T. Lowe)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Otto von Niemann
Fay Wray ... Ruth Bertin
Melvyn Douglas ... Karl Brettschneider
Maude Eburne ... Aunt Gussie Schnappmann
George E. Stone ... Kringen
Dwight Frye ... Herman Gleib
Robert Frazer ... Emil Borst
Rita Carlyle Rita Carlyle ... Martha Mueller (as Rita Carlisle)
Lionel Belmore ... Bürgermeister Gustave Schoen
William V. Mong ... Sauer
Stella Adams ... Georgiana
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Weingarten
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Storyline

When the villagers of Klineschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism. While police inspector Karl remains skeptical, scientist Dr. von Niemann cares for the vampire's victims one by one, and suspicion falls on simple-minded Herman Gleib because of his fondness for bats. A blood-thirsty mob hounds Gleib to his death, but the vampire attacks don't stop. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Taglines:

THRILLS! CHILLS! Shudder at the Mad Blood-Thirst of a Human Fiend! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 20 January 1933) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Sucker See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 restoration) | (copyright length) | (UCLA Film and Television Archive Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Monday 23 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Wednesday 26 October 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati Saturday 17 December 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When von Niemann shows Brettscheider a rosary he'd discovered, he calls it a "crucifix". Although a crucifix is part of a rosary, the entire piece is always called a rosary, not a crucifix. See more »

Quotes

Karl Brettschneider: Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1993 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Featured in Terror! Theatre: The Vampire Bat (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Stealthy Footsteps
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Dunworth
[main title music]
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Underrated Creepy Little Gem
24 August 2002 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

Dwight Frye steals the show in this one as a foolish young man(who seems to be mentally handicapped) who gets himself blamed for vampire-like murders especially after he reveals his love for bats which he likes to stroke and give to unsuspecting friends as 'gifts'!. Besides all of that, there's an entertaining mystery tale involving the above mentioned murders. Underrated.


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