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The Devil Bat
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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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Classic cheese! 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:
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 »
Quotes:
Reporter Johnny Layton:[to Dr. Paul Carruthers] Not so funny when it's your own jugular vein that's in danger. Is it, doc?See more »
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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Classic cheese!, 17 August 2003
Author: metaldams from Newark, DE.

It's got a big furry bat on a string whose face mysteriously moves only during close-ups. Stock footage, perhaps? Why certainly. Are all bats attracted to the scent of killer perfume? Absolutely not, but The Devil Bat is! I can understand some of the bad reviews, as this type of cheaply made horror film is not for everyone, but if you're the type of person who enjoys Ed Wood type movies, then The Devil Bat is the heavenly hell you are looking for. This film is also notable for having Bela Lugosi in it. Bela has performed in several cheapo movies like this in his career, (many say The Devil Bat was the beginning of this phase), but he always puts on an a-picture performance in a z-picture product. Bela appropriately hams it up, alternately making dramatic pauses and facial contortions to either dramatic or comedic effect. Well, what are you people still doing here? I have said what needs to be said.

My 10 rating is for entertainment value, not great film-making.

Goodbye, IMDb readers.....................

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