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A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

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Roland West (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Beranger ... Gideon Bell (as André de Béranger)
Charles Herzinger Charles Herzinger ... Man in Black Mask
Emily Fitzroy ... Miss Cornelia Van Gorder
Louise Fazenda ... Lizzie Allen
Arthur Housman ... Richard Fleming (as Arthur Houseman)
Robert McKim ... Dr. Wells
Jack Pickford ... Brooks Bailey
Jewel Carmen ... Miss Dale Ogden
Sôjin Kamiyama Sôjin Kamiyama ... Billy - the Butler (as Sojin Kamiyama)
Tullio Carminati ... Detective Moletti
Eddie Gribbon ... Detective Anderson
Lee Shumway ... The Unknown
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A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

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A laugh with every gasp!

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Rätsel der Fledermaus See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This film was highly regarded for its visuals, especially for its cinematography, elaborate sets and special effects. Roland West could only top it by remaking it four years later as The Bat Whispers (1930) with sound and in an early 70mm process. See more »

Quotes

Detective Moletti: How old are you?
Lizzie Allen: Twenty-two.
Miss Cornelia Van Gorder: She's forty!
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Version of The Bat Whispers (1930) See more »

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Very Good Quality Print
12 February 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There certainly is a lot happening in this film. Trap doors. Secret passages. Staircases. A "Bat" man. A hysterical maid who screams and leaps and circles and points. She must have been totally worn out when this film ended. Having seen the later version, I kind of knew the ropes a little bit. The idea is to get people out of an old mansion in order to grab a bunch of money that was embezzled from a local bank. The title character harasses the inhabitants, but doesn't know he has a real foe in the tough, matronly, unflappable owner of the mansion. She holds her own no matter what transpires. We have lots of suspects and that bat costume is pretty good. We can see elements of the Batman character of the early comic books. For a silent film this is very high quality and wears very well.


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