The Bat (1959)
Release Date: Aug 9, 1959 Wide
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 3,036
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
Aug 9, 1959 Wide
Oct 4, 2005
American Pop Classics
Dr. Malcolm Wells
Cornelia Van Gorder
Robert B. Williams
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Audience Reviews for The Bat
- Cornelia Van Gorder: It's rather a clever way to hide stolen money. In the open, at it were - and so respectable. But don't try it; no matter how clever you are, you can't hide murder. Well that's it Dale, that's the end.
- Judy Hollender: I thought that when people died, their eyes closed. Like in sleep.
- Cornelia Van Gorder: Oh Warner, where have you been?
- Warner: Well Madame, has there been an accident?
- Cornelia Van Gorder: There's been a murder.
- Warner: Well, into each life a little rain must fall and a careful man learns to keep himself dry.
- Lt. Anderson: There'll be a man patrolling the grounds all night, Miss Van Gorder.
- Cornelia Van Gorder: Oh, thank you.
- Dr. Malcolm Wells: and nobody inside, Andy?
- Lt. Anderson: Why should there be?
- Dr. Malcolm Wells: Well, how do you know but what the "Bat" is hiding somewhere inside the house?
- Lt. Anderson: I'm quite sure he isn't in the house, Doctor. Not now.
- Dr. Malcolm Wells: You know it's a pity you leased this house, Miss Van Gorder.
- Cornelia Van Gorder: Why a pity?
- Dr. Malcolm Wells: Well my dear lady, I don't want to alarm you but...
- Cornelia Van Gorder: Oh, well after tonight nothing will alarm me.
- Dr. Malcolm Wells: Yes I understand. It must have been terrifying. So many unexplainable things have happened here. There's something about the place. Your servants must have sensed it when they - walked out on you. An apprehension of disaster.
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