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The Bat (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 9 August 1959 (USA)
A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

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Crane Wilbur

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Crane Wilbur (screen story), Crane Wilbur (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Malcolm Wells
Agnes Moorehead ... Cornelia van Gorder
Gavin Gordon ... Lt. Andy Anderson
John Sutton ... Warner - The Chauffeur
Lenita Lane ... Lizzie Allen
Elaine Edwards ... Dale Bailey
Darla Hood ... Judy Hollander
John Bryant John Bryant ... Mark Fleming
Harvey Stephens ... John Fleming
Mike Steele Mike Steele ... Victor Bailey
Riza Royce Riza Royce ... Jane Patterson
Robert B. Williams ... Detective Davenport
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Storyline

Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago had been the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities, and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but he is killed before he can retrieve the money. Thus the lonely country house soon becomes the site of many mysterious and dangerous activities. Written by Snow Leopard

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When it flies, someone dies! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El murciélago See more »

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Liberty Pictures (IV) See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Now in the public domain, hence the proliferation of versions, often of inferior quality. See more »

Goofs

When Cornelia is trapped in the hidden room, she runs out of oxygen far too quickly. The room is large enough to have plenty of air, especially with the others searching the house for her. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia van Gorder: Can't you see that fire was set to get us out of the house?
Detective Davenport: Out of the hou... are you talking about the...
Cornelia van Gorder: Yes, yes, I'm talking about the Bat! Now that the lights are out, he'll think his trick has worked, and we've gone, here'll be here in a minute.
Detective Davenport: So will Lieutenant Anderson.
Cornelia van Gorder: I hope so but the Bat will be here first, and he'll KILL AGAIN if we get in his way... we've got to be as clever as he is!
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Entertaining Vincent Price 'haunted house' movie
10 February 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

This film is a lot better than you might expect. It follows the story of a wayward million dollars that is believed to be hidden within the walls of an old house. The inhabitants of the house are a female writer and her crew of servants.... oh, and a prowler known as 'the bat', who evidently wants the fortune for himself. The Bat is notable for a great macabre atmosphere that creates a sense of claustrophobia, as the house is in the middle of nowhere. It's also notable for an early performance from Vincent Price, who appears as the doctor, Malcolm Wells. Price was better known in 1959 for the William Castle classic "House on Haunted Hill", but 'The Bat' is still an able entry in his list of acting credits. Price evidently grew as an actor throughout the 60's and 70's, but his early performances always have that x-factor that would go on to instill the man in the hearts of horror fans forever, and his performance here has that also.

The story itself has lots of room for tension and intrigue, and it makes best use of it as the film is constantly intriguing, and many scenes, particularly the ones involving the menacing bad guy, are filled with suspense. The film is at it's best when 'the bat' is on the prowl, and features several lovely shots of the fiend poking his arm through various crevices in the house. The house itself is riddled with various traps and secret passages in true haunted house style, and it adds to the inventiveness and effectiveness of the movie. The film gives the twist away far too early, however, and it kind of spoils the ending as it turns out that, logically, there's only one person who the bat could possibly be. It doesn't really matter though, as the film is always a lot of fun and if you're a fan of Vincent Price (and who isn't?!), or just classic horror movies in general, I highly recommend this movie.


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