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The Devil Bat (1940)

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

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(as Jean Yarborough)

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
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Suzanne Kaaren ...
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Johnny Layton
Guy Usher ...
Henry Morton
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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
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Chief Wilkins
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Prof. Percival Garland Raines
Billy Griffith ...
Coroner (scenes deleted)
Wally Rairden ...
Walter King (as Wally Rairdon)
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Storyline

Dr. Carruthers feels bitter at being betrayed by his employers, Heath and Morton, when they became rich as a result of a product he devised. He gains revenge by electrically enlarging bats and sending them out to kill his employers' family members by instilling in the bats a hatred for a particular perfume he has discovered, which he gets his victims to apply before going outdoors. Johnny Layton, a reporter, finally figures out Carruthers is the killer and, after putting the perfume on himself, douses it on Carruthers in the hopes it will get him to give himself away. One of the two is attacked as the giant bat makes one of its screaming, swooping power dives. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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He's Trained His Brood of Blood-Hungry Bats to Kill on Command! 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After Johnny Layton (Dave O'Brien) shoots and kills one of the devil bats, the article in the Chicago Register states his name as Henry Layton, while another one in the Springfield daily correctly names him as Johnny. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Paul Carruthers: I tell you, Layton, expecting a bat to be attracted by the scent of a lotion is all foolishness.
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Connections

Edited into Devil Bat's Daughter (1946) See more »

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One for all of the REAL Lugosi fans!!!
16 August 2000 | by (The Grave) – See all my reviews

One of Lugosi's best movies from his low-budget PRC and Monogram years. Lugosi is an inventor who creates an after-shave lotion that attracts giant "Killer Bat's" that he has created to kill off his enemyies! I bought this one along with "The Invisible Ghost" (another low-budget Lugosi romp) and was very pleased. Devil Bat is a very entertaining movie and has many fine points,including some very cool shots of giant bats attacking people and soaring out of an attic window. As well as a very impressive laboratory set. I have heard many many people bad mouth this movie and even heard some say "worse than an Ed Wood movie"! Watch this movie along with one of Karloffs "worst" films or any Ed Wood vid and you will see that even on his way down the movie scale that Bela Lugosi's magnetic presence could have even made "Die Monster Die" or "Night of the Ghouls" a good viewing experience!

After several viewings this leads me to conclude that those "Devil Bat" haters out there have never even seen the film itself,only read bad reviews and pre-judging from the very B-movie title. Trust me, this movie is well worth any real Lugosi fans time.


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