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Despite advance warning to the police, who seal off the area, The Bat, a master criminal, steals a necklace from the safe in the house of a rich socialite. He leaves a note saying he is going to the country to give the police a rest. Pausing only to rob a bank at Oakdale, he proceeds to terrorise the occupants of a lonely country mansion, in a mixture of thrills, chills and laughs. At the end, an actor steps forward through a proscenium arch and asks the viewers not to reveal the Bat's identity to their friends. A film noir shot in black and white, mainly at night in dimly lit scenes.
Look out! The arch criminal is here!
Also Known As:
Roland West's The Bat Whispers
Title: Bat Whispers, The
Release Date: November 13, 1930
Runtime: 83 mins
All Genres: Crime, Thriller, Horror, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: M
Chester Morris ...Detective Anderson
Chance Ward ...Police lieutenant
Una Merkel ...Dale Van Gorder
Richard Tucker ...Mr. Bell
Wilson Benge ...The Butler
Maude Eburne ...Lizzie Allen
William Bakewell ...Brook
DeWitt Jennings ...Police captain
Sidney D'Albrook ...Police sergeant
S.E. Jennings ...Man in black mask
Grayce Hampton ...Cornelia van Gorder
Spencer Charters ...The Caretaker
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...Dr. Venner
Hugh Huntley ...Richard Fleming
Charles Dow Clark ...Detective Jones
Ben Bard ...The Unknown
Joseph M. Schenck
Mary Roberts Rinehart
More Movie Taglines:
- Look out! The arch criminal is here!
- Police captain: [after The Bat has committed a daring crime under the noses of the police] Get me Detective Anderson! No cheap crook is going to make a monkey out of me and get away with it!
Lizzie Allen: [in terror] The Bat!
Cornelia van Gorder: Now what on Earth are you doing? Lizzie Allen: I'm setting a bear trap for the Bat, incase he decides to come flying around here. [throws a trap on a chain out the window] Lizzie Allen: And I've got the other end fastened to the bed.
Cornelia van Gorder: Who did that? The Caretaker: I don't know... this house gets on my nerves, they won't let me sleep. Lizzie Allen: Don't trust him, caretaker means servant... Bat! Cornelia van Gorder: Who won't let you sleep? The Caretaker: The ghosts... he slams doors, and there's no one there to slam them... he opens windows, and I can't see nothing... he rolls things down the stairs, and there's no one there to make them roll... that ain't all, he whispers to me, from behind the wall. [a loud scream is heard] The Caretaker: Listen, he's here again... stay here long enough, you'll see. Lizzie Allen: Let's go back to the city.
Lizzie Allen: That new gardener, I don't like his looks, suppose'n he's the Bat? Cornelia van Gorder: I know he's not a gardener, because uticaria is hives, rubeola is measles, and alopecia is baldness. Lizzie Allen: And knowing all this, you're going to let him stay here? Cornelia van Gorder: I will, until I find out why my niece brought him here.
- Alledgedly the movie that inspired Bob Kane to create Batman.
The special effects were shot in 35mm. Process photography techniques, not optical printing, was used to make the 70mm negatives of this footage.
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