The Bat (1959)

35mm, black and white, 1.78:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Crane Wilbur. Production began on 27 April 1959 1Daily Variety 24 April 1959 p.8

Plot Summary

A bank manager steals a million dollars from his own bank and soon after people start dying, murdered by a killer in black known only as The Bat. Could there be a connection?


Directed by: Crane Wilbur
© MCMLIX [1959] by Liberty Pictures Corporation
Allied Artists Pictures Inc. [logo in end credits]
Produced by: C.J. Tevlin
Production Manager: Edward Morey Jr
Screen Story and Screenplay by: Crane Wilbur
Based on the Wagenhals-Kemper play by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood
Assistant Director: Clifford Broughton
Set Continuity: Virginia Mazzuca
Director of Photography: Joseph Biroc
Film Editor: William Austin
Musical Score by: Louis Forbes
“The Bat” Theme Played by: Alvino Rey
Music Editor: Neil Brunnenkant
Recording Engineer: Ralph Butler
Sound Editor: Charles Schelling
Wardrobe: Roger J. Weinberg, Norah Sharpe
Makeup Artist: Kiva Hoffman
Art Director: David Milton
Set Decorator: Rudy Butler
Property Master: Ted Mossman
Construction Supervisor: James West

Vincent Price (Dr Malcolm Wells)
Agnes Moorehead (Cornelia van Gorder)
Gavin Gordon (Lieutenant Andy Anderson)
John Sutton (Warner)
Lenita Lane (Lizzie Allen)
Elaine Edwards (Dale Bailey)
Darla Hood (Judy Hollander)
John Bryant (Mark Fleming)
Harvey Stephens (John Fleming)
Mike Steele
Riza Royce (Jane Patterson)
Robert B. Williams (Detective Davenport)

Alternative Titles

Das Biest – West Germany
Le Masque – France
Mörder mit der Kralle – Austria
Il mostro che uccide – Italy
El murciélago – Argentina, Venezuela
Yön pahat silmät – Finland

Remake of
The Circular Staircase (1915)
The Bat (1926)
The Bat Whispers (1930)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.6
  • The Daily Cinema no.8272 (24 February 1960) p.10 – review
  • Daily Variety 24 April 1959 p.8 – credits (Daily Variety film production chart)
  • Fangoria no.198 (November 2000) p.41 – illustrated video review (The video eye of Dr. Cyclops)
  • The Film Daily vol.116 no.27 (7 August 1959) p.6 – review
  • Film Index no.34 (1976) pp.301-302 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.156 no.14 (7 August 1959) p.3 – note
  • Kine Weekly no.2734 (25 February 1960) p.22 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.315 (April 1960) p.50 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.216 no.7 (15 August 1959) p.373 – review
  • Variety 12 August 1959 – credits, review


  • The Allied Artists Checklist by Len D. Martin p.10 – credits, synopsis, note
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.111 – credits, review
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.59-60; 213 – review; credits
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.34 – credits, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.19
  • The Films of Vincent Price by Iain F. McAsh pp.14; 41
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.34 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.37 – credits
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle pp.102-105; 356-357
  • by Walt Lee p.26 – credits
  • Vincent Price: The Art of Fear by Denis Meikle pp.54-56; 222
  • Vincent Price Unmasked by James Robert Parish and Steven Whitney pp.96; 205-206
  • Women in the Horror Films of Vincent Price by Jonathan Malcolm Lampley pp.23; 191