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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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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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Cast

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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)
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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 (art direction) (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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Additional Details

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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Filmed at night on Universal's European village set. The interior of Lionel Atwill's house is the set from The Old Dark House (1932).See more »
Quotes:
Karl Brettschneider:Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
In the Trail of the Success of Dracula and Frankenstein (1931), 13 March 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the small village of Kleinshloss, the locals are scared with a serial killer that is draining the blood of his victims, and the Burgomaster Gustave Schoen (Lionel Belmore) is convinced that a vampire is responsible for the deaths. The skeptical police inspector Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) is reluctant to accept the existence of vampires, but the local doctor Otto Von Newman (Lionel Atwill) shows literature about cases of vampirism inclusive in Amazon. When the apple street vendor Martha Mueller (Rita Carlisle) is murdered, the prime suspect becomes the slow Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye), a man with a mind of child that loves bats. The group of vigilantes chases Herman, while Dr. Von Newman's housemaid Georgiana (Stella Adams) is attacked by the killer.

"The Vampire Bat" is an entertaining low-budget horror movie from the 30's that is visibly inspired in the success of Universal "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" in 1931. There are many analogies in the stories, like the living growing tissue or the innocence of Herman or the raged crowd. The characters are not well developed, and I did not understand the relationship of Ruth Bertin and her annoying hypochondriac aunt Gussie Schnappmann with Dr. Otto Von Newman, or how the doctor hypnotizes or controls his assistant Emile. It is great to see Fay Wray acting in the same year of "Mystery of the Wax Museum" and "King Kong". My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Morcego Vampiro" ("The Vampire Bat")

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