Dow Hour of Great Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 1

The Bat (31 Mar. 1960)

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A sinister criminal known only as "The Bat" attempts to locate a fortune in stolen securities supposedly hidden in the rambling mansion owned by spinster Cordelia Van Gorder.

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Cornelia Van Gorder
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Detective Anderson (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Joseph N. Welch ...
Himself / Host
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Lizzie Arlen
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Wells
Karl Light ...
Richard Fleming
Mark Satow ...
Billy (as Mark M. Satow)
Martin Brooks ...
Jack Bailey
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Dale Ogden
Reedy Talton ...
Detective Anderson
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A sinister criminal known only as "The Bat" attempts to locate a fortune in stolen securities supposedly hidden in the rambling mansion owned by spinster Cordelia Van Gorder.

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Cornelia Van Gorder: [reading a note thrown through her window] This is fair warning. Leave the house before anything happens to you.
Dale Ogden: Well who do you think wrote it?
Cornelia Van Gorder: A fool, that's who. If anything were calculative to make me stay here, this sort of thing would do it.
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Black and White TV Presentation of a Spookly Old House Classic
18 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Bat was first of seven classic mysteries presented live on television in March of 1960. Dow Chemicals sponsored the series.A stellar cast which included Helen Hayes, Jason Robards Jr,Margaret Hamilton, and Bethal Leslie makes this old Mary Roberts Rinehart chestnut a very quick moving and entertaining 51 minutes of television history. Shot on kinescope, this presentation has yet to be released in DVD form.

The Bat was released for the first time in 1926 as a silent film and again in 1930 in sound version as The Bat Whispers both films were direct by Roland West. The year before this TV production was broadcast, a third film version was released which was directed by Crane Wilber and starred Vincent Price and Agnes Mooorehead.

I saw this version on YouTube after 54 years and was delighted to see how well it has held up. Even though the 1959 film had better production values, I considered the 1960 televised version to be a better story. As a footnote Joseph Welch, the lawyer who brought down Senator Joseph McCarthy on national television in 1954, severed as the host and narrator for these seven programs.


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