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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

Writers:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When Someone SCREAMS ... It Will Be YOU! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El murciélago See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Liberty Pictures (IV) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

RKO bought the rights to remake the film off Mary Pickford who had produced the first screen version in 1926. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Wells is at his table getting the bat out of its cage, the phone rings and the caller calls to Dr. Wells. When all of this is happening, the phone is in front of Dr. Wells in plain view and it is off the hook with the handle lying on the table. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia van Gorder: Jane Patterson, my new housekeeper, knows this house better than you do, Doctor, she worked for John Fleming, and Warner was my chauffer.
Dr. Malcolm Wells: Chauffer turned butler?
Cornelia van Gorder: [laughs] Yes, it's incredible, he can play any part in a moment's notice.
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Connections

Featured in The Schlocky Horror Picture Show: The Bat (1959) (2008) See more »

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Very suspenseful...quite good for its day
15 January 2003 | by robotechSee all my reviews

Some people don't like to watch anything that's not in color...they don't know what they're missing. Some people look down at anything made in the fifties or sixties as hopelessly hokey...and they don't know what they're missing either. The Bat is a taut, suspenseful story, and one which proves gore isn't strictly necessary in order to be frightening. Agnes Moorhead shows plenty of spunk, and the great Vincent Price steals every scene in which he appears.

The cinematography of this film is excellent...note the use of dark shadows to conceal and hide peoples' identities, just as the dark mask hides the Bat's face. Jump out of your skin as that eerily-clawed hand appears in frame for the first time. Ignore the truly awful fake-looking bat that appears for a few seconds. No movie's perfect.

And play the adult version of the "Scooby Doo" mystery game...where you try to figure out who are the red herrings and who is the real murderer. It's probably not who you think it is.


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