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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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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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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Trivia:
In a 1987 interview on "Sinister Image" (1987) Vincent Price revealed that the stage version of "The Bat" had terrified him when he was a child and he accepted the role because he thought the filmmakers "would revive it and bring it up to date," but he was disappointed with the final result because "it wasn't a good script."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Cornelia van Gorder:[on the phone] Yes will you connect me to Dr. Malcolm Wells' office please? ...No I don't know his number and I have no phone book up here but it's an emergency, will you connect me please?
Lizzie Allen:Dear oh dear, I'm going to get the rabies!
Woman:Hello?
Cornelia van Gorder:Hello! Dr. Wells' Office?
Woman:This is the call service. Dr. Wells is out at the moment but if you'll give me your name, I'll try to locate him.
Cornelia van Gorder:Well this is Miss Van Gorder at the Oaks. My maid has just been bitten by a bat that may be rabid and she must have medical treatment as soon as possible. And I was told that Dr. Wells is the nearest physician.
Woman:I'll try to locate him for you but if I can't, I'll send you another doctor.
Cornelia van Gorder:Well thank you very much.
[hangs up]
Cornelia van Gorder:Oh he's out on a case! I hope it's not a delivery, a baby I mean they can be terribly complicated!
[...]
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
This one is fun, 1 February 2002
Author: Inthegoodlife from Jacksonville, FL

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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