The Bat (1959)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller, Mystery  |  9 August 1959 (USA)
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A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.



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Warner - The Chauffeur
Lenita Lane ...
Elaine Edwards ...
John Bryant ...
Harvey Stephens ...
Mike Steele ...
Riza Royce ...
Robert Williams ...
Detective Davenport (as Robert B. Williams)


Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago had been the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities, and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but he is killed before he can retrieve the money. Thus the lonely country house soon becomes the site of many mysterious and dangerous activities. Written by Snow Leopard

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P.S. After seeing 'The Bat' 7 out of 8 people will get cold feet tonight! See more »


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9 August 1959 (USA)  »

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El murciélago  »

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Final on-screen appearance of Darla Hood. See more »


The Bat uses a suction cup and a glass cutter to cut a hole in the glass in order to reach in and unlatch the door. The circular piece of glass attached to the suction cup is twice as thick as the glass from which the hole has been cut. The glass attached to the suction cup is also too thick to cut a hole in using a simple glass cutter. See more »


Jane Patterson: Lizzie, Warner's not in his room, there's no sign of him anywhere!
Detective Davenport: I was supposed to keep an eye on that guy.
Lizzie Allen: Where's Miss Cornelia? That's what I want to know!
Detective Davenport: Wait a minute, didn't you say the chain and the bolt were off on the front door?
Lizzie Allen: I certainly did.
Detective Davenport: Well Maybe Miss Van Gorder went outside.
Lizzie Allen: Oh she never would, we better look.
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Look in the Sky....It's a Bat?

At least the third filmed version of story dealing with master criminal known as the "Bat" that steals and robs and kills. This version is probably the most brutal and certainly the most suggestive. Although shot on an extremely limited budget, The Bat is a pretty good little thriller, thanks in large part to the performances of Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead and a pretty good script. The story is one of those types that keeps throwing red herrings at you so you will have no idea who the real Bat is. I had no idea who the real Bat was. It also makes good use of a creepy old mansion and has some good comedic, subtle relief. Watch for Darla Hood of Little Rascals fame in a smaller role.

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