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The Bat (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 9 August 1959 (USA)
A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

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Crane Wilbur

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen story), Crane Wilbur (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Malcolm Wells
Agnes Moorehead ... Cornelia van Gorder
Gavin Gordon ... Lt. Andy Anderson
John Sutton ... Warner - The Chauffeur
Lenita Lane ... Lizzie Allen
Elaine Edwards ... Dale Bailey
Darla Hood ... Judy Hollander
John Bryant John Bryant ... Mark Fleming
Harvey Stephens ... John Fleming
Mike Steele Mike Steele ... Victor Bailey
Riza Royce Riza Royce ... Jane Patterson
Robert B. Williams ... Detective Davenport
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Storyline

Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago had been the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities, and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but he is killed before he can retrieve the money. Thus the lonely country house soon becomes the site of many mysterious and dangerous activities. Written by Snow Leopard

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P.S. After seeing The Bat, 5 out of 6 will pull the covers over their heads! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El murciélago See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Liberty Pictures (IV) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final film of Darla Hood. See more »

Goofs

The Bat uses a suction cup and a glass cutter to cut a hole in the glass in order to reach in and unlatch the door. The circular piece of glass attached to the suction cup is twice as thick as the glass from which the hole has been cut. The glass attached to the suction cup is also too thick to cut a hole in using a simple glass cutter. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Andy Anderson: What about your new butler?
Cornelia van Gorder: Well he's in his room I suppose...
Lt. Andy Anderson: Oh Mrs. Patterson.
Jane Patterson: Yes?
Lt. Andy Anderson: Do you know what happened here tonight?
Jane Patterson: No sir but I heard the screams, I went to call Warner, we both have rooms on the same floor, but he wasn't in his room. His bed hasn't been slept in.
Lt. Andy Anderson: If Mrs. Matterson could hear those screams, Warner could certainly hear them.
Warner, the chauffeur: [stepping into the room] You're quite right, sir, I heard them.
Lt. Andy Anderson: Oh you did, and where were you?
Warner, the chauffeur: Outside on the grounds.
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Surprisingly good adaptation
23 December 2005 | by manicgeckoSee all my reviews

Watch out for the red herrings, I was wrong. And I am very rarely wrong in pre-1980's whodunits. Grabbing this to watch early Vincent Price I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of thriller that could be produced with the technology. For those of you looking for the technological aspects of movies the lighting and shadow work was excellent. That and the sound-tract adds a lot to the overall feel of the movie. An added plus was Darla from "Our Gang" adding a cute bit part of the movie. Comletely gore-less, this movie actually does as promised and delivers thrills without blood. Something most modern movies cannot pull off.

Problems with the movie - First it has a nasty habit of just dumping information on you instead of making the viewer gradually learn what happens. Second as most 1950's horror fare it does have a tendency to drag on. But both of these can be overcome by what some previous reviewers call a confusing plot. Sorry guys, if you know whodunit at the beginning of the movie it is not worth watching.


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