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The Bat (1959)





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Movie Info

Vincent Price plays an unfortunate doctor who changes into a bat. With one claw and no face, the hideous mutation plans to steal a million dollars from a bank in between his series of throat ripping murders.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Crane Wilbur
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2005
American Pop Classics


Vincent Price
as Dr. Malcolm Wells
Agnes Moorehead
as Cornelia Van Gorder
Gavin Gordon
as Lt. Andy Anderson
John Sutton
as Warner, the chauffeu...
Lenita Lane
as Lizzie Allen
Elaine Edwards
as Dale Dailey
Darla Hood
as Judy Hollender
John Bryant
as Mark Fleming
Harvey Stephens
as Carter Fleming
Mike Steele
as Jack Bailey
Riza Royce
as Mrs. Patterson
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Critic Reviews for The Bat

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The stars chew the scenery and the supporting cast give limited performances.

Full Review… | January 22, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Botched version of the famous play. Stick with 1926 and 1930 versions.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

September 21, 2005
International Press Academy

August 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Bat


A mystery writer (Agnes Moorehead) moves into a mansion where an embezzled fortune may be hidden, and has to deal with evil small-town doctor Vincent Price and a claw-gloved serial killer known as "the bat." The solution to this oft-filmed mystery play is obvious, but a campy Moorehead and Price keep this version watchable.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Despite having top billing, Vincent Price is only in the movie for a few scenes. In a way, anybody could have played Price's part. Price is good in the few moments he is in the movie, but most of the film rests on Agnes Moorehead's shoulders. Unfortunately, Moorehead chews up the scenery and her performance tends to be as erratic as the film's tone. This campy dark mansion whodunit comes off as terribly un-even and uninspired. The comedic moments are too cheesy and forced to be funny. Plus the mystery is drawn out too much, especially considering how few suspects there were. The cinematography is also very static, giving a very bland TV movie feel to the production. This is a bland mystery movie that is only remembered for featuring Vincent Price.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Spooky old house chiller is blessed with having Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price in the cast. Nothing special but compared to the gory junk that passes for mysteries today a welcome old fashioned treat. It helps that the whole thing moves at a nice clip logging in at just 80 minutes.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Bat Quotes

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.
– Submitted by Christopher B (2 years ago)
Judy Hollender: I thought that when people died, their eyes closed. Like in sleep.
– Submitted by Christopher B (2 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Christopher B (2 years ago)
Warner: Well, into each life a little rain must fall and a careful man learns to keep himself dry.
– Submitted by Christopher B (2 years ago)

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