The Bat Whispers (1930)

35mm film; 65mm film; 70mm film, black and white, 1.20:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Rupert West. It was originally released in the USA on 13 November 1930.


Directed by: Roland West [credited with a possessory above the title]
Copyright MCMXXX [1930] by Art Cinema Corporation
Joseph M. Schenck offers. United Artists picture. A Roland West attraction
Based Upon a Stage Play by: Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood which was produced by Wagenhals [real name: Lincoln A. Wagenhals] and Kemper [real name: Collin Kemper]
Supervisor of Photography: Ray June
Photography Wide Film: Robert H. Planck
Film Editor: James Smith; Hal C. Kern *
Sound Technician: O.E. Lagerstrom [real name: Oscar Lagerstrom]
Settings Designed and Executed by: Paul Roe Crawley
Assistants on Production: Roger H. Heman, Ned Herbert Mann, Charles H. Smith, Helen Hallett

Chester Morris (Detective Anderson)
Mr Chance Ward (Police Lieutenant)
Mr Richard Tucker (Mr Bell)
Mr Wilson Benge (the butler)
Mr DeWitt Jennings (police captain)
Mr Sidney D'Albrook (police sergeant)
Mr S.E. Jennings (man in black mask)
Miss Grayce Hampton (Miss Cornelia van Gorder)
Miss Maude Eburne (Lizzie Allen)
Mr Spencer Charters (the caretaker)
Miss Una Merkel (Dale Van Gorder)
Mr William Bakewell (Brook)
Mr Gustav von Seyffertitz (Dr Venrees)
Mr Hugh Huntley (Richard Fleming)
Mr Charles Dow Clark (Detective Jones)
Mr Ben Bard (The Unknown)

Alternative Titles

The Bat – US alternative title
Flagermusen – Danish title
El murciélago susurra – Spanish title
To spiti tou tromou – Greek title



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.46-47 – illustrated credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.37 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.21
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.33
  • by Walt Lee p.26 – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography Volume 1 by Alan G. Fetrow p.36 – credits, review