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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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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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Neglected minor classic 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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Trivia:
Majestic Pictures cashed in on the success of Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, who had been a sensation in the Technicolor thriller Doctor X (1932) and had already completed Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), which was also being heavily promoted at the time. Majestic was able to get this film into theaters over a month before the release of the latter one.See more »
Quotes:
Karl Brettschneider:Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.See more »
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Referenced in Found (2012/III)See more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Neglected minor classic, 5 June 2004
Author: lorenellroy from United Kingdom

This was made by a minor ,Poverty Row studio but it stands up well alongside other more lavish Universal productions from around the same time and has a pretty decent cast that provides a touch of quality in the acting department. The title is a misnomer as the evil that bedevils the remote Central European town turns out to be human in origin although the inhabitants of the town firmly believe that the exsanguinated bodies turning up all over the place are the work of vampires .They hound a simple minded young man ,Herman ,( movingly played by Dwight Frye ) to his death claiming he is the culprit while the real villain is unmasked shortly after his death. Neat performances from Lionel Attwill as the town doctor ,Melvyn Douglas as the sceptical local policeman and the aforementioned Mr Frye compensate for a wan and colourless Fay Wray as the love interest and the tedious comic relief of Maude Elune as a bossy old maiden Aunt prone to fits of the vapours .

Its ingredients will be familair to lovers of the vintage horror picture and we get many of the scenes that were a staple of the genre--superstitious villagers wielding torches ,a crazed man of science and the debate between science and folklore but it is expertly welded together and never oustays its welcome

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