The Devil Bat (1940)

USA, 1940
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Jean Yarbrough whose name is mis-spelled Jean Yarborough in the credits.

Plot Summary

Mad scientist Dr Paul Carruthers develops a new after shave lotion that attracts the attention of the giant bat he has bred in his laboratory. Using the two in tandem he takes his revenge on those he believes have crossed him.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Jean Yarborough
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Producers Releasing Corp.
Producers Releasing Corporation presents a Producers Releasing Corporation picture
Produced by: Jack Gallagher, Sigmund Neufeld *
Associate Producer: Guy V. Thayer Jr
Production manager: Melville De Lay
Screen Play by: John Thomas Neville
Original Story by: George Bricker
Director of Photography: Arthur Martinelli
Film Editor: Holbrook N. Todd
Musical Director: David Chudnow
Sound Engineer: Farrell Redd
RCA Sound System
Art Director: Paul Palmentola

Bela Lugosi (Dr Paul Carruthers)
Suzanne Kaaren (Mary Heath)
Dave O’Brien (Johnny Layton)
Guy Usher (Henry Morton)
Yolande Mallott (Maxine [‘Frenchy’, the Maid])
Donald Kerr (“One-Shot” McGuire)
Edward Mortimer (Martin Heath)
Gene O’Donnell (Don Morton)
Alan Baldwin (Tommy Heath)
John Ellis (Roy Heath)
Arthur Q. Bryan (Joe McGinty)
Hal Price (Chief Wilkins)
John Davidson (Prof. [Percival Garland] Raines)
Wally Rairdon (Walter King)
Billy Griffith [coroner – scene deleted]

Alternative Titles

Devil Bats
Killer Bats
– USA 16mm title
Notti di terrore
– Italian title

Devil Bat’s Daughter (1946)

The Flying Serpent (1946)

See also
Bride of the Monster (1956)


Scarlet Street no.19 – review

Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.101 – credit, reviews
The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.24 – credit, reviews
Poverty Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver – article
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.96 – credits
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.262-263 – illustrated review (by Martin Dollard)