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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.
When Someone SCREAMS ... It Will Be YOU!
Title: Bat, The
Release Date: August 09, 1959
Runtime: 80 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono, Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: Approved
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 ...Mark Fleming
Harvey Stephens ...John Fleming
Mike Steele ...Victor Bailey
Riza Royce ...Jane Patterson
Robert Williams ...Detective Davenport (as Robert B. Williams)
Mary Roberts Rinehart
More Movie Taglines:
- When Someone SCREAMS ... It Will Be YOU!
- P.S. After seeing 'The Bat' 7 out of 8 people will get cold feet tonight!
- When it flies, someone dies!
- Dr. Malcolm Wells: In my report I shall state that death was caused by a stunning blow followed by severe laceration and hemorrhage. Lt. Andy Anderson: In plain English, he didn't know what hit him. Dr. Malcolm Wells: Oh he knew, but he didn't have time to think about it.
Cornelia van Gorder: [to Lizzie Allen] When you refer to my books, please don't call me "Miss Corny".
Cornelia van Gorder: [reading newspaper headline] Mr. Fleming will be laid to rest in his family's tomb on Monday. Lizzie Allen: And I hope he stays there. Cornelia van Gorder: Well why shouldn't he? Lizzie Allen: This is his house, and ever since he died, some funny things have happened here. Cornelia van Gorder: For instance? Lizzie Allen: The housekeeper, the cook and the butler said that they heard strange noises at night, and the upstairs maid swore she met a man without a face coming up the back stairs. Cornelia van Gorder: Oh so that's why they quit and left me to run this place without a staff. Lizzie Allen: They didn't tell you, Miss Gordy, but the truth is they were scared to stay. Cornelia van Gorder: But you're still here, Lizzie! Haven't you seen anything? Lizzie Allen: No... no and even if I had, I ain't afraid of ghosts. They're afraid of me! Honest, Miss Gordy, a spiritualist once told me that ghosts was allergic to me. [Cornelia Van Gorder laughs] Lizzie Allen: But, but this bat fella they keep talking about in the paper - I - I think he'd be different. Cornelia van Gorder: No, I don't think you'd have the same effect on him. [thunder crashes] Cornelia van Gorder: Oh dear! Lizzie Allen: What are they trying to do, drive people away from this part of the country? Cornelia van Gorder: Why? What does it say about the Bat? Lizzie Allen: His specialty seems to be killing women, my goodness, two of them in one night, all his victims died the same way, like their throats had been ripped open with steel claws. Cornelia van Gorder: That's charming, I'll have to try it some time. [Lizzie stares at her weird] Cornelia van Gorder: In a book.
Lizzie Allen: [the wind is banging a shutter against the house] That ain't nothing, just something bumping against the house. [wind blows a door open and closed] Lizzie Allen: That's just the wind banging the door, pay no attention to it. Listen to this, [reads paper] Lizzie Allen: 'One of his victims who lived for a moment after she was found described the Bat as a man without a face'. Honestly, Miss Gordy, I think that woman was exaggerating. [a tapestry blows against an open window] Lizzie Allen: That's just the taphestry at the top of the stairs. Cornelia van Gorder: I know, I know, I've heard it before on a windy night. [taphestry clinks a shaking suit of armor] Cornelia van Gorder: That sounds as if someone were on the stairs, I know there isn't, at least there shouldn't be. Lizzie Allen: Them's just the noises you hear in any old house on a windy night. [reads the paper] Lizzie Allen: It says here that the Bat never leaves no fingerprints. Cornelia van Gorder: That's understandable, having no face he probably has no fingers either.
John Fleming: Doctor. Dr. Malcolm Wells: Yes, John? John Fleming: What would you do for half a million dollars? Dr. Malcolm Wells: Anything short of murder. John Fleming: Why not murder? Dr. Malcolm Wells: Too messy. John Fleming: Too great a risk? Dr. Malcolm Wells: For half a million, yes. John Fleming: I pinched a million from the bank.
- Her role as Judy became the final on-screen feature film role for former child star Darla Hood of Our Gang/Little Rascals fame.
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