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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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Watchable 'Dark House' Mystery 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:
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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:
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:Surely you don't think he's...
Lt. Andy Anderson:Warner and I have met before, I can't recall where or when, but I will.
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Watchable 'Dark House' Mystery, 5 May 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

The cast and story are good enough to make this version of the mystery of "The Bat" watchable, though probably not as good as the earlier movie versions of the story. Agnes Moorehead is this film's strongest point, and Vincent Price also helps, although his role is much more limited. The story is one of the familiar kinds of 'dark house' mysteries, and it is done adequately, but it could have been better.

The story is set up very well in the early scenes of the movie, with a lot of possibilities centering around the house that Moorehead's character has rented. But then, while it holds your interest for the rest of the time, it slows down quite a bit, and it never really makes full use of the potential that it has established. The story also has some unfortunate holes. The country house atmosphere is convincing enough to work for the most part, but it could easily have been better with more detail. Overall, it's worth seeing for anyone who likes the genre, as long as you don't expect too much.

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