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The Bat Whispers (1930)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller, Horror | 13 November 1930 (USA)
A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chance Ward ... Police Lieutenant
... Mr. Bell
Wilson Benge ... The Butler
... Police Captain
Sidney D'Albrook ... Police Sergeant
S.E. Jennings ... Man in Black Mask
... Miss Cornelia van Gorder
... Lizzie Allen
... The Caretaker
... Dale Van Gorder
... Brook
... Dr. Venrees
... Detective Anderson
Hugh Huntley ... Richard Fleming
Charles Dow Clark ... Detective Jones
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Despite advance warning to the police, who seal off the area, The Bat, a master criminal, steals a necklace from the safe in the house of a rich socialite. He leaves a note saying he is going to the country to give the police a rest. Pausing only to rob a bank at Oakdale, he proceeds to terrorise the occupants of a lonely country mansion, in a mixture of thrills, chills and laughs. At the end, an actor steps forward through a proscenium arch and asks the viewers not to reveal the Bat's identity to their friends. A film noir shot in black and white, mainly at night in dimly lit scenes. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Look out! The arch criminal is here!


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The special effects were shot in 35mm. Process photography techniques, not optical printing, was used to make the 65mm negatives of this footage. See more »

Goofs

After the bank robbery, there is a obvious slot in the "road" where the miniature car travels. See more »

Quotes

Dale Van Gorder: Sorry, Auntie, the train was late. But nice Mr. Fleming was good enough to give me a ride from the station.
Cornelia van Gorder: I should think the less you have to do with Richard Fleming, the better.
Dale Van Gorder: Oh, but why, Auntie?
Cornelia van Gorder: I don't like him, he leased this house to me.
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After the film an actor comes onto a movie house stage and implores the audience to withhold the identity of the bat from family and friends so they can also enjoy the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Nijiotoko (1949) See more »

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One of the best Old Dark House movies
19 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Great fun! The special effects are amazing for a 1930 movie. Miniaturized sets are used & although they're primitive by today's standards, keep in mind that this movie is over 70 years old. It's an excellent Old Dark House movie, complete with thunderstorms, secret passageways, a mysterious creature named "The Bat," comedic elements, a large old house, several murders, etc. It's been noted that the comic strip character, "Batman," owes some of his origins to "The Bat," & it's apparent in the outfit, the shadows cast from buildings, & in the name of the character itself. "The Bat" is indeed a pretty scary entity. The sound effects are good, camera work is excellent, & the ending is bizarre. It kept my interest throughout its 83 minutes. Well worth seeing for Old Dark House fans (this is one of the best). I rate it 9/10.


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