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21 January 1933 (USA) See more »
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  (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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USA:64 min (2005 restoration) | 65 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
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 »
Karl Brettschneider:Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Underrated, 26 October 2011
Author: kitchent from United States

"The Vampire Bat" is one of those underrated horror films of the early 1930's that seems to impress more with each viewing. I won't go into the details of the plot, as that has been covered multiple times in other reviews, and it's not the story that makes the film shine.

There are three things that make "The Vampire Bat" stand out from the other poverty row films - the cast, the direction, and the comedy.

The Cast - Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, and Fay Wray get the heavy lifting in the film, and all are excellent. Atwill is perfect for this type of part, as he demonstrated many times. Douglas is sufficiently perplexed as the investigator, and Fay Wray is just gorgeous in distress. The other players add sufficiently, especially Dwight Frye channeling a dimmer version of Renfield from Dracula.

The Direction - Frank Strayer does an admirable job in shooting the film, with creepiness abundant and lots of camera movement. Some shots are just so outstanding (such as the opening scene), that they almost seem out of place in a cheap horror movie. Strayer provides loads of atmosphere and never loses the audience. An excellent job.

The Comedy - As with most horror films of this time, comedy relief was thrown in to lighten the mood of the audience, and in most films, the comedy was misplaced and terribly unfunny. However, in "The Vampire Bat" the comedy, mostly provided by Maude Eburne as Aunt Gussie, is spot on and still funny today. This helps to keep the film watchable.

The Downsides - There is really only a couple of downsides to the film. The first is the editing, which is clumsy and hurried. It sometimes spoils the excellent direction. Cuts are often not matched, and this can distract. Obviously, this was not a big budget film, so the sets and overall production values are not high, but this is mostly glossed over by the efficiency and care shown by the director, but there are a few scenes where the seams showed too much, like the cave scene, parts of which look like it was filmed in a closet.

Overall, "The Vampire Bat" is certainly worth a look for the great direction, a mad Lionel Atwill, and the always lovely Fay Wray.

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