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The Bat (1959)

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

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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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Trivia

RKO bought the rights to remake the film off Mary Pickford who had produced the first screen version in 1926. See more »

Goofs

When Cornelia is trapped in the hidden room, she runs out of oxygen far too quickly. The room is large enough to have plenty of air, especially with the others searching the house for her. See more »

Quotes

Judy Hollander: [the Bat is pounding on the wall on the floor above them] What's that noise?
Dale Bailey: I don't know, I kind of fell half asleep, for a moment I thought it was something from a dream.
Judy Hollander: It's somewhere in the house!
Dale Bailey: Yes on a floor above, not directly over us, probably in a room overlooking the driveway.
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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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