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The Devil Bat (1940)

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A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.

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Complete credited cast:
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Suzanne Kaaren ...
Mary Heath
Dave O'Brien ...
Johnny Layton
Guy Usher ...
Henry Morton
Yolande Donlan ...
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
Hal Price ...
Chief Wilkins
John Davidson ...
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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

13 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killer Bats  »

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(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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Henry Morton: You're a dreamer, Doc. Too much money is bad for dreamers.
Dr. Paul Carruthers: So you tried to pay me in flattery, telling me that I'm a dreamer. Well... I *do* dream - dreams that you would *never* guess.
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Lugosi at his menacing best!
17 February 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

This a good film! Good plot, and acted well by the entire cast. "The Devil Bat" is one of those films I have found myself watching several times. It's that good. Perhaps other reviewers are expecting "Gone With The Wind", which this certainly is not. However, despite coming from one of the "poverty row" studios, this is a film worth watching. "The Devil Bat" a must see for all Bela Lugosi fans!


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