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
RKO bought the rights to remake the film off Mary Pickford who had produced the first screen version in 1926. 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 »
The Bat, while no Citizen Kane, is still a lot of fun. It gives some very good talent the opportunity to ham it up (Vincent Price made a career of it) while providing some rather rare brutal killings in a 50's movie. Price is brilliant as usual. Check out the moment when Agnes Moorhead mentions that the Bat is looking for money and that it's probably in the house. Price knows where the money is (talked about early on so no plot spoil) and his eyes lilt ever so slighty when Moorhead talks about it. A great subtle moment from a great actor. The other actors are put through their paces and turn in decent performances. The problem seems to be the casting of Moorhead. Her character goes from flighty to deep to strong to vulnerable and in fifty other directions as the movie goes on. Moorhead, though a very solid actress, just doesn't seem to be very convincing as a reclusive and somewhat eccentric author and she really doesn't have much to do until the end. The other problem with the Bat is that the killer's identity is as obvious as Natalie Portman's dual role in Star Wars Episode One, especially when people start getting killed. Otherwise, the movie is a nice little diversion that isn't too long and is a great view for a late Saturday night.
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