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The Bat Whispers (1930)

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A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chance Ward ...
Richard Tucker ...
Wilson Benge ...
The Butler
DeWitt Jennings ...
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Sidney D'Albrook ...
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S.E. Jennings ...
Grayce Hampton ...
Maude Eburne ...
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Una Merkel ...
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Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Dr. Venrees
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Hugh Huntley ...
Charles Dow Clark ...
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Storyline

Despite advance warning to the police, who seal off the area, The Bat, a master criminal, steals a necklace from the safe in the house of a rich socialite. He leaves a note saying he is going to the country to give the police a rest. Pausing only to rob a bank at Oakdale, he proceeds to terrorise the occupants of a lonely country mansion, in a mixture of thrills, chills and laughs. At the end, an actor steps forward through a proscenium arch and asks the viewers not to reveal the Bat's identity to their friends. A film noir shot in black and white, mainly at night in dimly lit scenes. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Look out! The arch criminal is here!


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13 November 1930 (USA)  »

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Roland West's The Bat Whispers  »

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The special effects were shot in 35mm. Process photography techniques, not optical printing, was used to make the 65mm negatives of this footage. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Bel is shown to be living where the window is lighted, which is the top floor. When the bat leaves through the window and climbs a rope to the roof he is seen climbing up from below the to floor. See more »

Quotes

Dale Van Gorder: Sorry, Auntie, the train was late. But nice Mr. Fleming was good enough to give me a ride from the station.
Cornelia van Gorder: I should think the less you have to do with Richard Fleming, the better.
Dale Van Gorder: Oh, but why, Auntie?
Cornelia van Gorder: I don't like him, he leased this house to me.
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After the film an actor comes onto a movie house stage and implores the audience to withhold the identity of the bat from family and friends so they can also enjoy the movie. See more »

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Silly, Hokey, and Wonderful
3 August 2000 | by (Northridge, Ca) – See all my reviews

Yes, this film is dated. The acting is beyond hammy; only in the early talkies did movies contain this kind of unabashedly theatrical performing. Just when you think Chester Morris couldn't possibly twist his mouth--or curl his eyebrow--or twirl his finger--in a new way, he surprises you and offers a wholly different mugging expression he hadn't pulled out before. Along with the acting, the genre (the creepy old house with hidden panels etc.) became old hat by 1950. So, all right, this movie is stilted and creaks. However, for a film antiquarian, this motion picture is a joy. Its sets and lighting are breathtaking, and one gathers from it why the play was one of the longest running on Broadway at the time. I'll take it over the Vincent Price remake, THE BAT, anyday and I love Vincent Price.


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