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Director:
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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Silly B-film programmer is still fun to watch... See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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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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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:
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:
Dr. Paul Carruthers:Now, rub it on the tender part of your neck.See more »
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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Silly B-film programmer is still fun to watch..., 10 October 2004
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

If you're a fan of BELA LUGOSI you'll get a kick out of his sinister role here as a scientist who is bent on getting revenge because he never got his full share of the profits on his inventions.

Given the low-budget look and tacky special effects (a live bat appears in close-ups only), the modest little thriller entertains even though it doesn't quite provide the shudders intended. Still, if you're in a Halloween mood, you might want to sit through this at least once.

Interesting to note Dave O'Brien in the role of Johnny Layton. O'Brien is familiar to me because of all the Pete Smith Specialties he starred in during the '40s and which TCM has been running frequently. Others will recall him in a bunch of westerns he made at poverty row studios. At any rate, he gives the only really professional performance in the film aside from Bela who seems to relish his role as the mad scientist. Most of the acting among supporting players is on the less than credible side.

Also interesting to note that O'Brien was a very versatile man who acted, directed and wrote throughout a prolific career that began in the 1930s--with over a hundred films to his credit. He was my main reason for enjoying THE DEVIL BAT.

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