The Bat

The Bat

Vincent Price
Director: Crane Wilbur Cast: Vincent Price
Vincent Price
, Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
, Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
Crane Wilbur


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This fourth film version of the Mary Roberts Rinehart-Avery Hopwood stage chestnut The Bat is so old-fashioned in its execution that one might suspect it was intended as "camp" (though that phrase wasn't in common usage in 1959). Agnes Moorehead plays mystery novelist Cornelia Van Gorder, whose remote mansion is the scene for all sorts of diabolical goings-on. The "maguffin" is a million dollars' worth of securities, hidden away somewhere in the huge and foreboding estate. Vincent Price is seen committing a murder early on-but he's not the film's principal villain. Others in the cast include Gavin Gordon as an overly diligent detective, and former Our Gang star Darla Hood as a murder victim. The Bat was adapted for the screen by its director Crane Wilbur, himself a prolific "old dark house" scenarist and playright.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2013
UPC: 0874757049090
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Film Chest
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 13,549

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Dr. Malcolm Wells
Agnes Moorehead Cornelia Van Gorder
Gavin Gordon Lt. Anderson
John Sutton Warner
Lenita Lane Lizzie Allen
Elaine Edwards Dale Dailey
Darla Hood Judy Hollender
John Bryant Mark Fleming
Harvey Stephens Carter Fleming
Mike Steele Jack Bailey
Riza Royce Mrs. Patterson
Robert B. Williams Detective

Technical Credits
Crane Wilbur Director,Screenwriter
William Austin Editor
William Austin Editor
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Louis Forbes Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Kiva Hoffman Makeup
Dave Milton Art Director
Alvino Rey Score Composer
C.J. Tevlin Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bat
1. Scene 1 [11:26]
2. Scene 2 [12:01]
3. Scene 3 [14:46]
4. Scene 4 [14:00]
5. Scene 5 [17:30]
6. Scene 6 [10:09]

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