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The Devil Bat -- Bela Lugosi, a scientist, seeks revenge by breeding a race of Devil Bats to do his sinister bidding!


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John T. Neville (screenplay)
George Bricker (original story)
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13 December 1940 (USA) See more »
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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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Lesson - giant bats and Tibetan aftershave don't mix! Horror legend Lugosi makes this third rate material fun. See more (71 total) »


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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)

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

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This low-budget thriller, boosted by Bela Lugosi, was one of the biggest successes for the poverty row Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). After the war, the studio tried to recapture this success by producing an in-name-only sequel, Devil Bat's Daughter (1946), and a virtual shot-by-shot remake, The Flying Serpent (1946).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Tommy:[trying the lotion] That feels great... very soothing.
Dr. Paul Carruthers:I don't think you'll ever use anything else.
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Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007)See more »


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Lesson - giant bats and Tibetan aftershave don't mix! Horror legend Lugosi makes this third rate material fun., 10 February 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Bela Lugosi will always be remembered as one of the greatest horror stars of all time for 'Dracula'. Less than ten years later he was forced to star in third rate material like 'The Devil Bat'. He had supporting roles in a couple of good movies like 'The Wolf Man' (with Lon Chaney and Claude Rains) and 'The Body Snatcher' (with Karloff) after this, but for the most part his career was in severe decline, culminating in the awful (but awfully entertaining) movies he made with Ed Wood, Jr. ('Glen Or Glenda', 'Bride Of The Monster' and very briefly, 'Plan 9 From Outer Space') 'The Devil Bat' is b-grade all the way, with a lousy script, uninspired direction, a ridiculous looking "devil bat", and a forgettable supporting cast, led by 'Reefer Madness' Dave O'Brien. The only reason to watch this is Lugosi. Sometimes he seems to be actually trying, at others he hams it up. Either way he's great to watch. He plays a scientist who works for a hugely successful perfume company. In his laboratory he experiments on a bat with electricity which makes it grow very large, and that, combined with his new aftershave which contains a Tibetan scent which enrages the bat(!), becomes his method or vengeance on his employers. You think I'm making this up, don't you? Look, this is a silly movie, but if you're a Lugosi fan you'll have fun.

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