The Bat

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

The Bat (1959, USA) is a Horror film directed by Crane Wilbur.

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Main Details

  • Released in 1959
  • B & W
  • Running Time: 80 Min.
  • Production Co: Liberty Pictures
  • Distribution Co: Allied Artists Pictures (1959) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Crane Wilbur
  • Written by Avery Hopwood, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Crane Wilbur
  • Starring: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton, Lenita Lane
  • Produced by C.J. Tevlin
  • Original Music by Louis Forbes
  • Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc
  • Film Editing by William Austin


  • P.S. After seeing 'The Bat' 7 out of 8 people will get cold feet tonight!
  • When Someone SCREAMS ... It Will Be YOU!
  • When it flies, someone dies!


The film was based on the 1920 Broadway play The Bat by Avery Hopwood and Mary Roberts Rinehart, which was previously filmed as The Bat (1926) and as The Bat Whispers (1930), both directed by Roland West. The 1959 version also features Darla Hood of The Little Rascals in her final film appearance. The eerie title theme of Louis Forbes' final film score was played by Alvino Rey. Some prints show that this film was shown on ABC in the early 60's.

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