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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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User Reviews:
Very suspenseful...quite good for its day See more (75 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)
 
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:
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:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mad Doctors (1996) (V)See more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Very suspenseful...quite good for its day, 15 January 2003
Author: Christopher E. Meadows (robotech@eyrie.org) from Springfield, Missouri

Some people don't like to watch anything that's not in color...they don't know what they're missing. Some people look down at anything made in the fifties or sixties as hopelessly hokey...and they don't know what they're missing either. The Bat is a taut, suspenseful story, and one which proves gore isn't strictly necessary in order to be frightening. Agnes Moorhead shows plenty of spunk, and the great Vincent Price steals every scene in which he appears.

The cinematography of this film is excellent...note the use of dark shadows to conceal and hide peoples' identities, just as the dark mask hides the Bat's face. Jump out of your skin as that eerily-clawed hand appears in frame for the first time. Ignore the truly awful fake-looking bat that appears for a few seconds. No movie's perfect.

And play the adult version of the "Scooby Doo" mystery game...where you try to figure out who are the red herrings and who is the real murderer. It's probably not who you think it is.

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