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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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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

  (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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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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Censorship certificate in Finland #107700 delivered on 27-11-2003See more »
Quotes:
Karl Brettschneider:Goodnight, gentlemen. Don't let the vampires get you.See more »

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A Classic Fallen Into Disarray, 20 January 2016
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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.

Majestic Pictures had lower overheads than the larger studios, who were struggling at the time during the Great Depression. Part of the reason that "The Vampire Bat" looked almost as good as any Universal Pictures horror film is because Majestic leased James Whale's castoffs, the "German Village" backlot sets left over from "Frankenstein" (1931) and the interior sets from his film "The Old Dark House" (1932), plus some location shooting at Bronson Caves. Completing the illusion that this was a film from a much bigger studio, Majestic hired actor Dwight Frye to populate scenes with Wray and Atwill.

While the film has fallen into public domain and thus has some rather shoddy versions floating around, it is not by any means a bad film. Fay Wray is at her best here, and really ought to be known for more than being "King Kong's girlfriend". Lionel Atwill is also good, and Dwight Frye steals the show with his shtick. His role here is not too far removed from his turn as Renfield, which is unfortunate for him in that it made him typecast, but definitely resonated with fans of "Dracula".

If a decent version does not exist, it ought to. With a new transfer and a decent historian on the audio commentary (Steve Haberman?) this would make a great companion to the Universal films. It is, after all, more or less a Universal knockoff anyway.

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