Ten cent movies: The Bat

A while back, I bought this 50-movie set, Sci-Fi Invasion, for five bucks. That adds up to ten cents per movie. Who doesn’t love Vincent Price? His 1959 film The Bat is considered a classic by many, and it’s next on the list. Let’s watch it!


Here’s what happens: A mystery writer and her friend are worrying about rumors of a ghostlike, faceless figure called “the Bat,” running around killing people. Meanwhile, a doctor, played by Vincent Price, gets into a criminal scheme involving a million bucks hidden inside a dead man’s grave.

Speculative spectacle: While there’s some talk about the Bat being a ghost, it’s evident early on that it’s a man in a mask, and we’re in the midst of a crime story, not a haunted house story. thebat3

Sleaze factor: None, other than everybody’s criminal scheming.

Quantum quotables: Crook: “What would you do for half a million dollars?” Vincent Price: “Anything… short of murder.”


What the felgercarb? The writer’s friend is named Liz Allen. Peter Parker had such a crush on her before he started dating Betty Brant.

Microcosmic minutiae: It’s a remake! The Bat began life as a play in 1920, with the first film version in 1926, a second in 1930, and then this one.


Worth ten cents? The movie can’t really hide its based-on-a-play roots, as it’s mostly talky and stagey. The creepy atmosphere it’s famous for doesn’t really come up until the end.


Want more? Check out my book, CINE HIGH, now available for the Kindle and the free Kindle app.


About Mac McEntire

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