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Writers:
John T. Neville (screenplay)
George Bricker (original story)
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Release Date:
13 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sharp Fanged Blood Sucking DEATH Dives from MIDNIGHT SKIES! See more »
Plot:
A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One for all of the REAL Lugosi fans!!! See more (68 total) »

Cast

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Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Paul Carruthers
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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Directed by
Jean Yarbrough  (as Jean Yarborough)
 
Writing credits
John T. Neville (screenplay) (as John Thomas Neville)

George Bricker (original story)

Produced by
Jack Gallagher .... producer
Guy V. Thayer Jr. .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Martinelli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Holbrook N. Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Production Management
Melville De Lay .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Ferrol Redd .... sound engineer (as Farrell Redd)
 
Music Department
David Chudnow .... musical director
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Killer Bats" - USA (16mm release title)
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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (PCA #6897)

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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:
Errors in geography: Throughout the movie, references are made to Illinois locations (Chicago, Peoria, Springfield), yet the scenery shown at the beginning of the movie is clearly Californian.See more »
Quotes:
Roy Heath:Goodnight, Dr. Carruthers!
Dr. Paul Carruthers:Gooooodbye, Roy.
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
One for all of the REAL Lugosi fans!!!, 16 August 2000
Author: garygreyxxx from The Grave

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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