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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 »
User Reviews:
Good results on limited budget 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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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:I tell you, Layton, expecting a bat to be attracted by the scent of a lotion is all foolishness.See more »
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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Good results on limited budget, 27 April 2001
Author: (houndspirit@netscape.net) from Evanston, Illinois

I diagree with the detractors of this film. Certainly the budget and therefore the special effects, were indeed limited. But, the storey is reasonabley original and the script reads well. Lagosi gives great conviction to his role and this was particularly remarkable considering the state of his career and personal life at the time. I love the scene in which he has convinced "Bob" (one of the scions of the owners of the cosmetic company that cheated Dr. Caruthers)to put on the fatal after shave lotion. Bob, wishes Dr.Caruthers a good night, Bella sighs deeply then gravely replies,"Good by Bob". He sort of regrets the unpleasant neccesity of unleashing one his giant creations to hunt down the innocent Bob. The other evening was watching bats flitting around at dusk. Naturely I thought emmediatley of old Doc Caruthers. Any film that leaves such an impression must be pretty good.

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