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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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Entertaining Vincent Price 'haunted house' movie See more (73 total) »

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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:Can't you see that fire was setting us out of the house?
Detective Davenport:Out of the hou...are you talking about the--
Cornelia van Gorder:Yes, yes, I'm talking about the Bat! Now that the lights are out, he'll think his trick has worked, and we've gone, here'll be here in a minute.
Detective Davenport:So will Lieutenant Anderson.
Cornelia van Gorder:I hope so but the Bat will be here first, and he'll KILL AGAIN if we get in his way...we've got to be as clever as he is!
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Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) (V)See more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining Vincent Price 'haunted house' movie, 10 February 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

This film is a lot better than you might expect. It follows the story of a wayward million dollars that is believed to be hidden within the walls of an old house. The inhabitants of the house are a female writer and her crew of servants.... oh, and a prowler known as 'the bat', who evidently wants the fortune for himself. The Bat is notable for a great macabre atmosphere that creates a sense of claustrophobia, as the house is in the middle of nowhere. It's also notable for an early performance from Vincent Price, who appears as the doctor, Malcolm Wells. Price was better known in 1959 for the William Castle classic "House on Haunted Hill", but 'The Bat' is still an able entry in his list of acting credits. Price evidently grew as an actor throughout the 60's and 70's, but his early performances always have that x-factor that would go on to instill the man in the hearts of horror fans forever, and his performance here has that also.

The story itself has lots of room for tension and intrigue, and it makes best use of it as the film is constantly intriguing, and many scenes, particularly the ones involving the menacing bad guy, are filled with suspense. The film is at it's best when 'the bat' is on the prowl, and features several lovely shots of the fiend poking his arm through various crevices in the house. The house itself is riddled with various traps and secret passages in true haunted house style, and it adds to the inventiveness and effectiveness of the movie. The film gives the twist away far too early, however, and it kind of spoils the ending as it turns out that, logically, there's only one person who the bat could possibly be. It doesn't really matter though, as the film is always a lot of fun and if you're a fan of Vincent Price (and who isn't?!), or just classic horror movies in general, I highly recommend this movie.

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