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The Vampire Bat (1933)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Maude Eburne ...
Robert Frazer ...
Emil Borst
Rita Carlyle ...
Martha Mueller (as Rita Carlisle)
Lionel Belmore ...
Bürgermeister Gustave Schoen
William V. Mong ...
Stella Adams ...
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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

police | blood | police inspector | death | bat | See more »


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Release Date:

21 January 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Sucker  »

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(2005 restoration) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Censorship certificate in Finland #107700 delivered on 27-11-2003 See more »


Karl Brettschneider: Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Blood-Drinking Beings (1996) See more »

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Bats in the Belfry
15 July 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"When a small Bavarian village is beset with a string of mysterious deaths, the local (magistrate) demands answers into (sic) the attacks. While the police detective refuses to believe the nonsense about vampires returning to the village, the local doctor treating the victims begins to suspect the truth about the crimes," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

An inappropriately titled, dramatically unsatisfying, vampire mystery.

Curiously, the film's second tier easily out-perform the film's lackluster stars: stoic Lionel Atwill (as Otto von Niemann), skeptical Melvyn Douglas (as Karl Brettschneider), and pretty Fay Wray (as Ruth Bertin). The much more enjoyable supporting cast includes bat-crazy Dwight Frye (as Herman), hypochondriac Maude Eburne (as Aunt Gussie Schnappmann), and suspicious George E. Stone (as Kringen). Mr. Frye, Ms. Eburne, and Mr. Stone outperform admirably. Is there another movie ending with a mad rush to the bathroom?

Magnesium sulfate… Epsom salts… it's a laxative!

**** The Vampire Bat (1/20/33) Frank Strayer ~ Dwight Frye, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne

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