The Vampire Bat

1933

Frank Strayer
Director
Majestic Pictures
Studio

Mysterious deaths are plaguing the Mittel-Europa town of Kleinschloss, with the victims all dying of blood loss. The town elders suspect vampire bats, but is it something more sinister? Lionel Atwill is in the cast, so that is probably a rhetorical question.

Great little film, with a great cast. Perhaps one of the best horror films of the 1930s, thanks in no small part to the lavish sets borrowed from Frankenstein, and of course Dwight Frye as the village idiot who loves bats. He easily steals every scene he's in. The romantic and comic relief subplots (police inspector Douglas and lovely as always Wray, and Eburne as hypochondriac Aunt Gussie, respectively) for once are welcome and non-intrusive, which helps a lot.

-Dave W.



21st January 1933
Cinema



65 mins
1.37:1


15th April 2003
DVD


69 mins
1.33:1




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Lionel Atwill
Dr. Otto Von Niemann
Fay Wray
Ruth Bertin
Melvyn Douglas
Inspector Karl Brettschneider
Maude Eburne
Aunt Gussie Schnappmann
George E. Stone
Kringen
Dwight Frye
Herman Gleib
Robert Frazer
Emil Borst
Rita Carlyle
Martha Mueller
(as Rita Carlisle)
Lionel Belmore
B├╝rgermeister Gustave Schoen
William V. Mong
Sauer
Stella Adams
Georgiana
Harrison Greene
Weingarten
Fern Emmett
Gertrude
(uncredited)
William Humphrey
Doctor Haupt
(uncredited)
Paul Panzer
Townsman
(uncredited)
Carl Stockdale
Schmidt - Morgue Keeper
(uncredited)
Paul Weigel
Doctor Holdstadt
(uncredited)

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