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The Bat -- A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

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Director:
Writers:
Crane Wilbur (screen story)
Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 August 1959 (USA) See more »
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P.S. After seeing 'The Bat' 7 out of 8 people will get cold feet tonight! See more »
Plot:
A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Enjoyable murder mystery. See more (74 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Crane Wilbur 
 
Writing credits
Crane Wilbur (screen story)

Crane Wilbur (screenplay)

Mary Roberts Rinehart (play) and
Avery Hopwood (play)

Produced by
C.J. Tevlin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Louis Forbes 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
 
Set Decoration by
Rudy Butler 
 
Makeup Department
Kiva Hoffman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Edward Morey Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff P. Broughton .... assistant director (as Clifford Broughton)
Arthur M. Broidy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property master
James West .... construction supervisor
 
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound recording engineer
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Hoye .... best boy (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
Phil Rand .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norah Sharpe .... wardrobe
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Neil Brunnenkant .... music editor
Alvino Rey .... musician: theme song
 
Other crew
Collin Kemper .... producer: stage play (as Kemper)
Virginia Mazzuca .... set continuity
Adam W. Wagenhals .... producer: stage play (as Wagenhals)
Betty Rehm .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:(Banned) (1961) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #19363) | West Germany:16

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Final on-screen appearance of Darla Hood.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cornelia and Lizzie go into Cornelia's bedroom and prepare to spend the night sleeping in the same room, Cornelia puts the chair in front of the door. Soon after that, Lizzie mentions to Cornelia that she has forgotten her nightclothes, among other things, in her room and has to go get them. When she opens the door to leave the room, the chair that Cornelia had put there is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Cornelia van Gorder:[reading newspaper headline] Mr. Fleming will be laid to rest in his family's tomb on Monday.
Lizzie Allen:And I hope he stays there.
Cornelia van Gorder:Well why shouldn't he?
Lizzie Allen:This is his house, and ever since he died, some funny things have happened here.
Cornelia van Gorder:For instance?
Lizzie Allen:The housekeeper, the cook and the butler said that they heard strange noises at night, and the upstairs maid swore she met a man without a face coming up the back stairs.
Cornelia van Gorder:Oh so that's why they quit and left me to run this place without a staff.
Lizzie Allen:They didn't tell you, Miss Gordy, but the truth is they were scared to stay.
Cornelia van Gorder:But you're still here, Lizzie! Haven't you seen anything?
Lizzie Allen:No... no and even if I had, I ain't afraid of ghosts. They're afraid of me! Honest, Miss Gordy, a spiritualist once told me that ghosts was allergic to me.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable murder mystery., 7 April 2005
Author: ThrownMuse from The land of the Bunyips

Cornelia (Agnes Moorehead) is a mystery writer who temporarily moves into a mansion to attempt to get some work done. She later learns that the homeowner embezzled money and hid it in somewhere in the house. After he turns up dead, Cornelia and her houseguests find that someone knows about the money and will stop at nothing to get it. Could it be the notorious spikey-fingered murderer, "The Bat"?

This is a fun little mystery with a delicious performance by the always fabulous Agnes Moorehead. Vincent Price co-stars as the slightly creepy (of course!) town doctor. One of the most intriguing things about the movie is the refreshing treatment of the lead heroine. She has no love interest--something you don't see often in 50s horror movies. Her only reliance is upon her tough (and slightly butch!) maid, and her independence has garnered admiration by her female houseguests (one of which is played by Little Rascal Darla Hood).

Unfortunately, the movie doesn't really capitalize much on the potential of its "big creepy house with a claw-gloved murderer on the loose" premise, and seems to run out of fuel towards the end. Once the body count starts, the actors look like they couldn't care less. But overall, this is an enjoyable and often creepy mystery with terrific performances by Moorehead and Price.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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