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The Bat

The Bat (1959)


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Release Date: Aug 9, 1959 Wide



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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


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Crane Wilbur

Oct 4, 2005

American Pop Classics

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

January 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Bat

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.
June 8, 2012
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.
April 5, 2011
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This movie has an ordinary mystery movie type story, but the style is more like a horror movie, and the actors are good, so the movie is pretty good too.
November 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

"The Bat" is another version, the fourth, of the story and is one of the lesser versions in terms of credibility and portrayal. Even with the legendary and one of my personal favorites, Vincent Price as one of the lead characters, the film fails to be much more than a "who did it" mystery. While the film has its moments, in the end the poor script and cringe worthy dialogue and movements to fit the screenplay destroy any Classic status. While it was enjoyable at times and has some creepy bits, overall I wasn't blown away and look forward to seeing the '26 and '30 versions next. If you love Vincent Price, watch it and if not then it's no big loss.
December 23, 2011
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (9 months ago)
    1. Judy Hollender: I thought that when people died, their eyes closed. Like in sleep.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (9 months ago)
    1. Cornelia Van Gorder: Oh Warner, where have you been?
    2. Warner: Well Madame, has there been an accident?
    3. Cornelia Van Gorder: There's been a murder.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (9 months ago)
    1. Warner: Well, into each life a little rain must fall and a careful man learns to keep himself dry.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (9 months ago)
    1. Lt. Anderson: There'll be a man patrolling the grounds all night, Miss Van Gorder.
    2. Cornelia Van Gorder: Oh, thank you.
    3. Dr. Malcolm Wells: and nobody inside, Andy?
    4. Lt. Anderson: Why should there be?
    5. Dr. Malcolm Wells: Well, how do you know but what the "Bat" is hiding somewhere inside the house?
    6. Lt. Anderson: I'm quite sure he isn't in the house, Doctor. Not now.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (9 months ago)
    1. Dr. Malcolm Wells: You know it's a pity you leased this house, Miss Van Gorder.
    2. Cornelia Van Gorder: Why a pity?
    3. Dr. Malcolm Wells: Well my dear lady, I don't want to alarm you but...
    4. Cornelia Van Gorder: Oh, well after tonight nothing will alarm me.
    5. 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.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (9 months ago)
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