The Bat Whispers (1930)

The Bat Whispers




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Movie Info

Based on the mystery/comedy novel and play by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, the audience for this one was asked not to reveal the secret to anyone who had not seen it. An eerie story, it involves a masked psychopath who stalks a haunted mansion.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, Roland West
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 1999
United Artists



as Cornelia van Gorder

as Detective Anderson

as Dale Van Gorder

as The Caretaker

as Police lieutenant

as Mr. Bell

as Richard Fleming

as The Butler

as Police captain

as Police sergeant

as Man in Black Mask

as Lizzie Allen

as The Unknown

as Detective Jones
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Critic Reviews for The Bat Whispers

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Culturally it may be most noteworthy for its title arch-criminal, who influenced the creation of Batman.

Full Review… | April 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

June 6, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

There's no doubting the sincerity or intention of The Bat Whispers, only how well it's aged.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

An essential, with every genre mainstay imaginable-a creepy old isolated mansion, a deranged killer on the loose, secret passages, thunder-and-lightning, etc.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Bat Whispers

Very creaky antique.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Excellent considering when it was made.

Sarah Bergman

Super Reviewer


Wooden acting, too-dark sets, terrible audio, and poor timing on jokes. This was another of the "scary old house"-type films that were popular at this time, and the first with sound. It may actually be the earliest "talkie" I have seen. A killer does what he does as the guest disappear one-by-one while searching for treasure throughout the house. This is the first re-make of two (the latter featuring Vincent Price). To note, the guy who created Batman got his inspiration from this film.


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