The Vampire Bat

The Vampire Bat

Lionel Atwill
Director: Frank Strayer Cast: Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill
, Fay Wray
Fay Wray
, Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
Frank Strayer


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Bloodsucking winged creatures who may take human shape appear to have returned after centuries of dormancy to the middle-European municipality of Kleinschloss in this atmospheric, low-budget thriller from small-scale Majestic Pictures, and the burgomaster (Lionel Belmore) demands answers. With victims scattered everywhere, all bearing the distinctive puncture marks, police detective Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) finds himself completely stymied. Brettschneider, who refuses to accept what he considers mere superstition, is not pleased when that eminent physician Dr. Otto Von Niemann (Lionel Atwill) hints that there may indeed be such things as murderous human bats. Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye), the village idiot, meanwhile, just happens to have a fondness for the nocturnal creatures -- "They're so soft!" -- and the villagers, as they are wont to do, grab their torches and commence a manhunt. Poor Herman is destroyed, but there is another killing. And this time the victim is Georgiana (Stella Adams), Dr. Von Niemann's housekeeper, who failed to serve the physician his late-night coffee.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2018
UPC: 0191091392584
Original Release: 1933
Source: Film Detective
Sales rank: 45,587

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lionel Atwill Dr. Otto von Niemann
Fay Wray Ruth Bertin
Melvyn Douglas Karl Brettschneider
Maude Eburne Gussie Schnappmann
George E. Stone Kringen
Dwight Frye Herman Gleib
Robert W. Frazer Emil Borst
Rita Carlisle Martha Mueller
Lionel Belmore Burgermeister Gustave Schoen
William V. Mong Sauer
Stella Adams Georgiana
Fern Emmett Gertrude
Harrison Greene Weingarten
William Humphrey Dr. Haupt
Carl Stockdale Schmidt the Morgue Keeper
Paul Weigel Holdstadt

Technical Credits
Frank Strayer Director
Otis M. Garrett Editor
Philip Goldstone Producer
Charles Hall Production Designer
Daniel Hall Art Director
Edward T. Lowe Screenwriter
Ira Morgan Cinematographer

Customer Reviews

Vampire Bat 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Saint-GermainBS More than 1 year ago
CAVEAT EMPTOR! I ordered this DVD to replace an older version I had purchased some years ago. I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this "digitally remastered" movie, but was quickly disappointed. The video has several instances of grainy white spots, vertical white streaks, and what appear to be dust marks or stray hairs. The audio, for the most part, is very muddled, making the dialog impossible to understand. In short, American Pop Classics bungled it. The older version I have by Alpha Video is much better than this.