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The Vampire Bat -- When the villagers of Klineschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism...
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Director:
Writer:
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen story)
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Release Date:
21 January 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
When the villagers of Klineschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A VERY under-rated film! See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Martha Mueller (as Rita Carlisle)
Lionel Belmore ... Bürgermeister Gustave Schoen
William V. Mong ... Sauer
Stella Adams ... Georgiana
Harrison Greene ... Weingarten
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fern Emmett ... Gertrude (uncredited)
William Humphrey ... Dr. Haupt (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Schmidt - Morgue Keeper (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Dr. Holdstadt (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank R. Strayer  (as Frank Strayer)
 
Writing credits
Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen story) (as Edward T. Lowe)

Produced by
Phil Goldstone .... producer
Larry Darmour .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan (photography) (as Ira Morgan)
 
Film Editing by
Otis Garrett (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall  (as Daniel Hall)
 
Sound Department
Dick Tyler Sr. .... sound engineer (as Dick Tyler)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Peter Brunelli .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Dunworth .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Blood Sucker" - USA (reissue title)
"Forced to Sin" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
USA:64 min (2005 restoration) | 65 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2003) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Karl Brettschneider:Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.See more »
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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A VERY under-rated film!, 24 July 2004
Author: norm.vogel@verizon.net from S. Bound Brook, NJ.



I take issue with the other reviewer's comments for the simple reason that this is a MYSTERY FILM, not a supernatural one! It is not the only film to have a seemingly "supernatural" explanation ("vampires"), but turns out to be a very mundance one.

Other films that come to mind are Edgar Wallace's "Before Dawn" and the (more famous) "Mark of the Vampire".

The film does a WONDERFUL job in creating a very "spooky atmosphere", similar DRACULA, when Renfield meets the Count on the staircase of his castle, or in MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, when the two people look thru the windows of the castle ruins and see a "corpse" playing an organ, while Luna descends using wings! VERY surreal!

If one likes these (often silent) atmospheric touches, THIS film is a MUST!

Norm Vogel

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