The Sea Bat (1930)

35mm film, black and white, 1.20:1
mono (Western Electric Sound System), English

An American borderline film directed by an uncredited Lionel Barrymore and Wesley Ruggles.

Plot Summary

The residents of the West Indian island of Portuga are menaced by a giant manta ray.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Lionel Barrymore *, Wesley Ruggles *
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Wesley Ruggles production
Story by: Dorothy Yost
Dramatized by: Bess Meredyth, John Howard Lawson
Photographed by: Ira Morgan
Film Editor: Harry Reynolds
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Art Direction by: Cedric Gibbons

Charles Bickford (Reverend Sims)
Raquel Torres (Nina)
Nils Asther (Carl)
George F. Marion (Antone)
John Miljan (Juan)
Boris Karloff (Corsican)
Gibson Gowland (Limey)
Edmund Breese (Maddocks)
Mathilde Comont (Mimba)
Mack Swain (Dutchy)

Alternative Titles

Le démon de la mer – French title
El demonio del mar – Spanish title
Hav-Flagermusen – Danish title
Merihirviö – Finnish title
Monstro Marinho – Brazilian title
O Monstro Marinho – Brazilian, Portuguese title
Tenger réme – Hungarian title
Tropikhavens skräck – Swedish title
Il vampiro del mare – Italian title



  • The Bioscope vol.84 no.1243 (30 July 1930) p.26 – review


  • Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.36-37; 364 – illustrated review; credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.416 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.424 – credits
  • Thrills Untapped: Neglected Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films 1928-1936