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Dr. Carruthers feels bitter at being betrayed by his employers, Heath and Morton, when they became rich as a result of a product he devised. He gains revenge by electrically enlarging bats and sending them out to kill his employers' family members by instilling in the bats a hatred for a particular perfume he has discovered, which he gets his victims to apply before going outdoors. Johnny Layton, a reporter, finally figures out Carruthers is the killer and, after putting the perfume on himself, douses it on Carruthers in the hopes it will get him to give himself away. One of the two is attacked as the giant bat makes one of its screaming, swooping power dives.
Sharp Fanged Blood Sucking DEATH Dives from MIDNIGHT SKIES!
Also Known As:
Title: Devil Bat, The
Release Date: November 11, 1940
Runtime: 68 mins
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.1
Buried.com Rating: 6.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: Approved
Bela Lugosi ...Dr. Paul Carruthers
Suzanne Kaaren ...Mary Heath
Dave O'Brien ...Johnny Layton
Guy Usher ...Henry Morton
yolande Donlan ...Maxine (as yolande Mallott)
Donald Kerr ...'One-Shot' McGuire
Edmund Mortimer ...Martin Heath (as Edward Mortimer)
Gene O'Donnell ...Don Morton
Alan Baldwin ...Tommy Heath
John Ellis ...Roy Heath
Arthur Q. Bryan ...Joe McGinty
Hal Price ...Chief Wilkins
John Davidson ...Prof. Raines
Billy Griffith ...Coroner (scenes deleted)
Wally Rairden ...Walter King (as Wally Rairdon)
Guy V. Thayer Jr.
John T. Neville
More Movie Taglines:
- Sharp Fanged Blood Sucking DEATH Dives from MIDNIGHT SKIES!
- He's Trained His Brood of Blood-Hungry Bats to Kill on Command!
- Henry Morton: You're a dreamer, Doc. Too much money is bad for dreamers. Dr. Paul Carruthers: So you tried to pay me in flattery, telling me that I'm a dreamer. Well... I *do* dream - dreams that you would *never* guess.
Editor Joe McGinty: Say, have you ever had a date with a girl? Reporter Johnny Layton: A girl? Oh, yes, a girl. I believe I did take a girl out once.
Dr. Paul Carruthers: Now, rub it on the tender part of your neck.
[after listening to a scientist's theory on the radio] Dr. Paul Carruthers: [thick Hungarian accent] Imbecile! Bombastic ignoramus!
Tommy: [trying the lotion] That feels great... very soothing. Dr. Paul Carruthers: I don't think you'll ever use anything else.
- This low-budget thriller, boosted by Bela Lugosi, was one of the biggest successes for the poverty row Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). After the war, the studio tried to recapture this success by producing a non-sequel "sequel", Devil Bat's Daughter (1946), and a virtual shot-by-shot remake, The Flying Serpent (1946).
This was the first, and most successful, horror film from Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) after it was formed from the failed Producers Distrubuting Corporation (PDC).
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