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The Devil Bat (1940)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1940 (USA)
A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.


(as Jean Yarborough)


(screenplay) (as John Thomas Neville), (original story)

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Complete credited cast:
Suzanne Kaaren ...
Johnny Layton
Guy Usher ...
Henry Morton
Maxine (as Yolande Mallott)
Donald Kerr ...
'One-Shot' McGuire
Edmund Mortimer ...
Martin Heath (as Edward Mortimer)
Gene O'Donnell ...
Don Morton
Alan Baldwin ...
Tommy Heath
John Ellis ...
Roy Heath
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Joe McGinty
Chief Wilkins
Prof. Percival Garland Raines
Billy Griffith ...
Coroner (scenes deleted)
Wally Rairden ...
Walter King (as Wally Rairdon)


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Sharp Fanged Blood Sucking DEATH Dives from MIDNIGHT SKIES! See more »


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Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killer Bats  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first, and most successful, horror film from Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) after it was formed from the failed Producers Distrubuting Corporation (PDC). Filming began October 28 1940. See more »


When the reporter wrestles the doctor to the ground near the end of the film, their feet clearly wrinkle the fake grass on the set. See more »


Editor Joe McGinty: Say, have you ever had a date with a girl?
Reporter Johnny Layton: A girl? Oh, yes, a girl. I believe I did take a girl out once.
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11 July 2003 | by (united states) – See all my reviews

If you like B-Movie cheese...this film is for you! I love this flick. Sure it's not Citizen Kane. But it never said it was. Bela is excellent. He always took his roles so serious. And that's why he's so good in these types of goofball films. If your a fan of DVD Extras, you will love this one. The commentary features Bela Lugosi, Jr. And Numerous Lugosi movie trailers. Well worth checking out! 5 out of 5 stars. GOOD STUFF!!

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