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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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P.S. After seeing The Bat, 5 out of 6 will pull the covers over their heads! 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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth film adaptation of the novel and stage play. See more »

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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: [locking their door] Nothing should get us now, I think, this door seems good and solid.
Lizzie Allen: Like the door to a tomb.
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Entertaining "spooky old house" thriller.
3 February 2002 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

THE BAT is a film based on the novel/play by Avery Hopwood and Mary Roberts Rinehart that was very popular in the twenties and early thirties. There were two previous film versions; one silent version made in the twenties and an early sound version made in 1930, the latter version mostly recalled today because it was one of the first films shot in 70mm and what we today call "wide screen." Watching this 1959 version, I couldn't help get the feeling that this film belongs to era more remote than 1959. This kind of plot, with its creaky old mansion, secret passage ways, mysterious masked killer, hidden money etc., had just about vanished from the screen since the mid thirties. Other films of this type include the various versions of CAT AND THE CANARY and SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPLATE. Apparently someone noticed a film of this type hadn't been made in a while and it was a long time since the last version of THE BAT had been filmed.

This 1959 version is none-the-less a very entertaining "killer lurking around spooky old mansion" thriller. The entire cast is excellent, including stars Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. The film very effectively keeps the killers identity from the audience until the very end. But when the killers identity is revealed, it begins to make sense when one thinks about. Perhaps of interest to today's viewers is how the killer some what resembles Freddy Kreuger. Despite being an entertaining thriller, THE BAT didn't inspire a revival of this genre.


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